Jinju City Holds Its First Architecture Festival to Celebrate Wood Buildings for its Contribution to Carbon Neutrality
Jinju City celebrates its first architecture festival, titled ‘Architecture in the age of carbon neutrality’. Hosted from October 24-31 in Jinju city, the festival featured a mini gallery showcasing wood use in renovated old buildings and new non-residential constructions.
The festival was conceived by the architect Sam Jung Choi who is one of Korea’s most prominent advocates of wood construction. He was appointed to be Jinju’s first chief architect and planner in 2017. He is instrumental in the introduction and expansion of wood design in the public spaces of the City.
Mr. Choi is a key partner in Canada Wood Korea’s first NLT (Nail-laminated Timber) project which demonstrates how low-carbon NLT products are a viable option for South Korean public structures via his community centre project. This project won a top prize in the 2021 Korean Wood Design Award. Under his leadership, with support from Canada Wood, another guest house project will incorporate NLT in its roof structure and will be the second NLT project in Korea.
Although CLT is gaining popularity and awareness in Korea, the cost can be a deterrent. NLT offers an alternative option for roofing and flooring with competitive cost and easier fabrication. Canada Wood Korea believes this old technology will find its way into Korea’s fast-growing non-residential sector.