‘Another Tree’ awarded in the CAN-KOR Wood Design Competition built in front of Canadian Embassy in Seoul
Canada Wood Korea’s annual WFC Practical Construction Training Workshop was held from August 19 to 29, 2013 together with Inha University in order to practically construct the award winning wooden shelter project of Inha University, named ‘Another Tree’. It has won the first prize award in the Canada-Korea Wood Design Competition BEST 5 held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic engagement between Canada and Korea. It was planned to install in front of the Canadian Embassy. A total of 30 architecture students took part in the series of theory lectures based on WFC design and build the wooden shelter.
Before starting practical training of wood work, students learned how to use wood-working tool like saw, hammer and drill first. And then they were divided into three teams, and each of them practiced cutting, notching and assembling. They started cutting and grooving 2×4 SPF dimension lumber and completed 500 random-sized wood components for 3 days and sent to a local treating company for preservative treatment. During the treatment and seasoning period of wood components, series of theory lectures were delivered to help students understand about wood architecture at Inha University.
After treatment done, treated wood components were delivered to the Canadian Embassy in downtown Seoul. Students started assembling proficiently and painting the edge of each wood component with fluorescent substance to emit light by itself at night. The schedule of construction was originally planned for 2 days, but students enthusiastically completed the whole process in one day by working hard until late evening to avoid possible delay caused by unpredicted weather conditions. Though it was such a tough task for un-skilled students to finish assembling such scaled structure in one day, all of them were very satisfied with the result from what they had achieved in one day.
At the last day of the workshop, the closing ceremony including donation ceremony was held at Schofield hall of the Canadian Embassy. Prof. Jin Ho Park of Inha University presented donation certificate to the Canadian Embassy.
This wooden structure was put on the front yard of the Canadian Embassy in Seoul and will be displayed for certain period. We recommend everyone to have a relax, and sit on ‘Another Tree’ located under the shade of the 520 year old preserved Scholar Tree right in front of the Canadian Embassy. This ‘Another Tree’ represents close relationship between Canada and Korea.