Go Big or Go Home: Big & Tall Wood Challenge Design Awards

By: Kevin Bews

SPF Manager, Canada Wood Japan

COFI / CW Big & Tall Design Award Winners, Judges, and Representatives of the Canada Embassy and Canada Wood at Award Ceremony on March 10, 2022

This past year COFI / CW conducted a Big & Tall Wood Challenge Design Competition between November and January. An expert panel of three judges, leading academics in the field of Japanese architecture and design; Ms. Azuma, Mr. Koshihara and Mr. Harada, selected eight winning wooden building projects from a pool of applications for this year’s competition (4 @ Big & 4 @ Tall). This year Ambassador Ian G. McKay represent Canada graciously hosted an awards ceremony at the Embassy to announce the winning projects and helped to present the participants with their trophies and certificates of appreciation on March 10, 2022. Congratulations again to this year’s award winners as follows:

Award winners for the Mid-Rise Wood Structure category:

Mid Rise Wood Building in Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Building & Size: Restaurant & Storage, 2×4 Construction, 4F & 127 m²

Company Awarded: Starts CAM Co., Ltd.

MOCXION INAGI in Inagi City, Tokyo

Building & Size: Apartment, 2×4 Construction, 5F & 3,738 m²

Company Awarded: MITSUI HOME CO., LTD.

Takaso Wood Building in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Building & Size: Shops, Offices & Residence, P& B Metal Plate Construction, 7F & 1,131 m²

Company Awarded: Shelter Co., Ltd.

Family Hospice Kyoto Kitayama in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Building & Size: Welfare Facility (Hospice), 2×4 Construction, 4F & 1,776 m²

Company Awarded: Liv Corporation

Award winners for the Large Wood Structure category:

Toho Gakuen Munetsugu Hall in Chofu City, Tokyo

Building & Size: Music Hall, P&B Construction, 3F & 2,393 m²

Company Awarded: Toho Gakuen School

Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Karuizawa in Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

Building & Size: Hotel, P&B Construction, 2-storey & 2,828 m²

Company Awarded: Tatsuro Sasaki Architects

Nagareyama City Oguro-no-Mori Primary School in Nagareyama City, Chiba Prefecture

Building & Size: Primary School, Mixed Structure (RC + P&B Construction), 3F & 12,424 m²

Company Awarded: Nihon Sekkei Inc.

As Canada is a world leader in forestry and wood building technology, we proud to conduct this competition to recognize the contributions being made by Japanese companies designing and building Big & Tall Wood Buildings in Japan. This is the 4th Wood Building Design Competition we have conducted and it’s been well received by the applicants, industry, and Japanese stakeholders alike. By holding this event we can highlight Canada’s global commitment and leadership role to accelerate the adoption and expand awareness of building with wood and how forests and the wood products cycle is helping to mitigate climate change and reducing carbon in construction.