Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture

© Ema Peter

Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture

Stands in the downtown Prince George in northern British Columbia, the Wood Innovation Design Centre is a 6 storey building with mezzanine plus penthouse, serves as a gathering place for researchers, academics, design professionals and others interested in generating ideas for innovative uses of wood.

Architects: Michael Green Architecture
Location: Prince George, BC, Canada
Photographs: Ema Peter

Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter
Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter

This 29.5 meters tall building is the world’s tallest modern all-timber structure, the design celebrates the beauty of wood, is about celebrating wood as one of the most beautiful and sustainable materials for building here in BC and around the globe.

Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter
Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter

The design incorporates a simple, ‘dry’ structure of systems-integrated CLT floor panels, Glulam columns and beams, and mass timber walls. This simplicity translates into repeatability of the system. Instead of focusing solely on a showpiece structure, we created a building that can be easily replicated.

Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter
Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter

Inspiration from architect:

As a facility conceived to showcase the potential for building mid-rise and high-rise structures using engineered mass timber products, there is no concrete used in the building above the ground floor slab, with the exception of mechanical penthouse.

Wood Innovation Design Centre by Michael Green Architecture
© Ema Peter