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COFI Midrise Wood Building Design Competition & Awards Ceremony

Kevin Bews

By Kevin Bews

SPF Manager

April 5, 2019

COFI conducted its second Wood Midrise Design Competition this fiscal year, which began October 17, 2018 and applications from architects and construction firms were received until January 18nd, 2019. Judging for the competition was done on February 4, by three independent leading academics in the field of Japanese architecture: Ms. Azuma, Mr. Koshihara and Mr. Harada. On March 6, an awards ceremony and reception was held at the Canadian Embassy to honour the selected building’s design and construction personnel, celebrate tall wood building innovation and raise awareness of the growth opportunities for four, five and six storey wood midrise construction in Japan. At the event a total of eight awards for midrise (four 4-storey, two 5-storey and two 6-storey) wood buildings (four 2×4 projects, two P&B projects and two CLT projects) were presented to the following companies: Architects Atelier, Koshigaya Architects & Associates, Shinshowa, MoNO plan, Maeda Corporation & Kengo Kuma and Associates, Yoshihiko Nakada Architects, Human Resource Communications and Takahashi Design & Planning. The design competition received extensive support from nine Japanese government and industry organizations, including MLIT, the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association, the Japan Association of Architects and others. A total of 115 architects, structural engineers, builders, academics and code officials attended the awards presentation ceremony and reception. The design award competition and event met with very positive reviews and participants urged Canada Wood to continue this event in the future.

Additional Quick Fact:
According to the 2×4 Associations fireproof approval applications data, the total number of mid-rise 2×4 projects in Japan 4-storey’s or higher is 112 (February 28, 2019) and breakdown as follows:

4F – 99 projects
5F – 12 projects
6F – 1 projects