The 2019 BC Wood Design Awards nominated three projects from Korea under the International Category.
1.Seo Hyang Gak -Studio The Won
2.Chalet Boomerang -Studio The Won
Designed by Studio The Won, the two projects—Seo Hyang Gak and Chalet Boomerang were nominated by BC Wood Design Awards in 2019. Prior to that, the two projects received prizes from Korea Wood Design Awards in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Mr. Gye-yeon Won, the founder of the studio, is an architect who completed the KWCA-WUC Architect-Inspector Training Course, a Canada Wood sponsored, association-based, advanced wood frame construction training program designed for architects, engineers and builders.
Canada Wood training program has seen more graduates who now become advocates of wood construction in Korea.
3. “The Gifts: 5” -Design Research Innovation Lab at Inha University
The third project called “The Gifts:5” was designed by the Design Research Innovation Lab at Inha University. This experimental architectural project was the result of collaboration among the architect, Canada Wood Korea and City of Anyang. The wooden pavilion serves as the social setting to provide community residents with a space to rest, relax and network.
Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation (IACF) operated by Dankook University and Canada Wood Korea (CWK) signed an MOU to agree to advance the business opportunities for wood frame construction by enhancing technical exchange and talent fostering.
The first joint effort between the two organizations will be co-hosting a 10 day-long Intensive Super-E Training at the DKU’s main campus in Jukjeon, Gyeonggi Province from August 5 to August 14, 2019. These sessions will combine practical training with lectures delivered by Canadian experts.
In partnership with CASE ArchiPlatform, a subsidiary architectural firm of the IACF, Super-E Office, Korea Wood Construction Association and CWK, the training program aims to build the competence in design and construction of healthy, environmentally-responsible and high-performance wood frame houses that meet the Super-E and Super-E Net Zero/Net Zero Ready Standards.
The MOU was signed between Director of IACF and Tai Jeong, Country Director of CWK and witnessed by Paul Newman, Executive Director of COFI/Canada Wood and Tae Woong Kang, Professor of Department of Architecture and CEO of Archiplatform.
SOLTO Jibin Architects won the design contest for the remodeling and expansion of Sokcho Government Employee Training Centre building operated by Seoul City government.
The building has a total area of 10,333 square metre floor space that covers 4 storey above the ground and 2 storey basement.
The main structure will be steel and reinforced concrete while all the remaining non-load bearing walls will be built with light wood frame infill-wall system. SOLTO Jibin’s official explains the entire structure: “It is filled with rooms made up of light wood infill-wall panels between the super columns and trusses, and between the long horizontal boards lifted lightly by the frame.” The reason for applying the Wood infill- wall system is that “it not only reduces the load on the structure but also reduces the carbon build-up resulting in eco-friendly performance and impressions.”
Eco-friendliness and lightweight structure are the key considerations in the design of the building. The wood infill-wall system not only meets the two requirements but also offers several advantages such as fast construction and higher thermal performance.
Credit: SOLTO Jibin Architects_ structural system
Credit: SOLTO Jibin Architects_ perspective, floor plans