Durable, beautiful, natural, and renewable—these words can be used to describe many species of wood. But they are particularly applicable to the wood of thuja plicata, or western red cedar, when it plays a starring role in the design of a building.
To celebrate the wood’s versatility, the Vancouver, British Columbia–based Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA) holds an annual architectural design competition recognizing high-quality projects that creatively and prominently employ western red cedar.
A jury of three architects selected six projects as the winners of the 2010 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards. Jury members were: Katherine Chia, AIA, partner at Desai/Chia Architecture in New York; Martin Finio, AIA, partner at New York–based Christoff:Finio Architecture; and Alfred Zollinger, principal at Matter Practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jurors commended the winners for their diverse applications of western red cedar.
The winners of the 2010 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards are:
- Combs Point Residence, Ovid, N.Y., by the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
- Wood Block Residence, Mercer Island, Wash., by the Seattle office of Chadbourne + Doss Architects
- Pilot Dwelling Het Entreeheuis, Gramsbergen, The Netherlands, by Bureau B+B, Amsterdam
- Bernal Park Restroom Building, Pleasanton, Calif., by Mark Cavagnero Associates, San Francisco
- Research Medical Complex of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, by Albert de Pineda Alvarez of Pinearq Estudi D'Arquitectura and Manuel Brullet Tenas of Brullet-de Luna Arquitectes, both in Barcelona
- University of Victoria First Peoples House, Victoria, British Columbia, by Alfred Waugh Architects, West Vancouver, British Columbia
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