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    Wood Design Awards 2005

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    The new 5,300-square-foot (490-square-meter) chapel of the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is, according to the jury, "a gem of material contrasts, modulated light and elegant proportions... Contrast between the hard, rectilinear stone finish, and the soft backlit wood veneer is visceral."

    Wood that Speaks

    PLANT Architect Inc. was one of three firms asked to design spaces for the 2004 Interior Design Show in Toronto. In response to the theme, "What Makes You Wealthy?" PLANT designed "Conversation Piece," to convey that wealth comes from what and who is around us.

    As with a conversation, the project has several possible interpretations a dining pavilion in a forest, a medieval banquet hall laden with banners of fabric, or a loft interior with a dramatic dining setting. Wood, fabric, stucco, and light sculpt the visual and tactile, indoor and outdoor spaces. Wood framing was chosen for construction so as to be easy to erect and later dismantle, as well as to provide the desired natural aesthetic. About 90 percent of the material was reusable after the show's end.

    The jury commented: "The design of the temporary interior installation creates an illusionary environment and reinforces the concept of a place where people interact. The small space is packed with ideas that coexist such as the pleasing contrast of the rough split wood wall and the chiffon forest wall, and the long plank table that emphasizes the linear plan."

    Wood that Shelters

    The third honor award recipient is familiar to longtime ArchitectureWeek readers. The Point House, designed by the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was similarly honored in 2002 by the AIA Seattle Design Awards and in 2004 by the national AIA Awards.

    The 2,100-square-foot (195-square-meter) Point House is located on a large lake in rural Montana, sensitively sited near pine forest and wetlands. A long linear north wall with a rusted, weathering steel skin slices through the site and organizes the various building elements. Boxes containing bathrooms and utilities, clad in custom-milled 1x11 tongue-and-groove western red cedar planks, project from the north side. A deck runs along the south side.

    Inside, framing is completely exposed beginning with a steel post-and-beam skeleton supporting double 4x12 Douglas fir rafters and 4x8 fir purlins, topped by layers of 1x6 tongue-and-groove boards. The house was engineered by Beaudette Engineers of Missoula, Montana and built by Martel Construction of Bozeman.

    The Wood Design Award jury remarked: "The home fits beautifully into the landscape and represents a thorough, thoughtful use of wood that is not overbearing. Large structural masses, such as the roof and main body of the house, appear to float away from one another. Cor-ten steel and glass blend harmoniously with the wood."

    In addition to the three honor award recipients described here, there were eight more merit and citation award recipients, as illustrated in a PDF file provided by the sponsoring magazines. The 2005 jury included: Margaret Helfand, FAIA, Helfand Architecture PC, New York; Bruce Kuwabara, OAA, FRAIC, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Toronto; and Hsin-ming Fung, AIA, Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates, Los Angeles.

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    Inside Bigelow Chapel, honored by the 2005 Wood Design Awards program.
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    "Conversation Piece," by PLANT Architect Inc., received top honors from the 2005 Wood Design Awards program.
    Photo: Chris Pommer, PLANT Architect Inc.

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    "Conversation Piece," a temporary installation.
    Photo: Chris Pommer, PLANT Architect Inc.

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    "Conversation Piece."
    Photo: Chris Pommer, PLANT Architect Inc.

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    The Point House, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, received top honors from the 2005 Wood Design Awards program.
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    Exposed wood and steel framing inside the Point House.
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    Broad, wood porch runs the full length of the Point House.
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