A Selection of Outstanding Projects from the World of Wood Festival 2022
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A Selection of Outstanding Projects from the World of Wood Festival 2022

Every year in London, at the Building Center on Store Street, one of the most important wood festivals in the world takes place: the World of Wood Festival. This event stands out from other wood festivals for its great added value and how it looks towards the common good and the revaluation of wood needed to combat climate change. It shows how forests and the cycle of products made from wood are decarbonizing the construction world, helping to fight global warming and contributing to social, environmental and economic growth with governments in developing countries. All these themes...

Every year in London, at the Building Center on Store Street, one of the most important wood festivals in the world takes place: the World of Wood Festival. This event stands out from other wood festivals for its great added value and how it looks towards the common good and the revaluation of wood needed to combat climate change. It shows how forests and the cycle of products made from wood are decarbonizing the construction world, helping to fight global warming and contributing to social, environmental and economic growth with governments in developing countries. All these themes...

 

The event’s main emphasis was on explaining high-rise wooden construction and how it’s no longer something you only find in northern Europe, the United States or Oceania, but all around the world. For that reason, the World of Wood Festival highlighted the 21st century’s most innovative high-rise buildings made of wood, emphasizing the decarbonizing role they have for reducing emissions in the construction process. 

Here we’ll show you some of the most innovative buildings of the festival: 

Hangreen Building – South Korea 

Located in South Korea, the Hangreen Building, which stands at 19.1 meters high, was built mainly with CLT, due to its high fire resistance (although other more conventional and engineered wood materials were also used.) The building was completed in 2019 by the Korea Forestry Service, an advocate of high-rise wood construction.  

 

  • Shandong Dingchi Office Building – China 

    While Chinese buildings are not allowed to be higher than five stories, the Shandong Dingchi Office Building was an exception to the rule, after a special request was approved by the government. Because of this, the building underwent a very strict review process by a panel of experts who monitored the construction of the work and also subjected it to fire testing.

  • WoodtTek HQ – Taiwan  

    The WoodtTek HQ, as the first CLT building constructed in Taiwan, is a symbol for green architecture in Asia. It’s also a trailblazer in Taiwan's urban area, where most construction still uses concrete, going against the global movement towards eco-friendly and low-carbon Green Architecture. 

  • Bungalow Balgowlah – Australia  

    Located in Sydney, Australia, the Bungalow Balgowlah is the first certified passive house to be built with CLT. It features high levels of insulation and triple-glazed windows to reduce the need for heating or cooling.

  • Anthony Timberlands Center – United States  

    Built by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design to promote the symbiotic relationship between education, the architecture industry and wood, this 45,000-square-foot building will be occupied by seminar rooms, auditoriums, faculty offices, outdoor terraces and even a workshop for high-rise manufacturing. 

  • Líta Kikut – Norway

    There are 12 apartments in this building, located in the mountains of Norway at 1,010 meters above sea level. The architecture is characterized by its relationship to the natural surroundings, as it overlooks the beautiful landscapes that can be seen here.

  • Tisis Semi-detached Houses – Austria

    Semi-detached is the name for houses that are built next to other, very similar houses with the same characteristics. At first glance, it may look like just one house, but it’s actually two. This particular one was built 100% with wood, obtained from sustainable forest management in Austria and Switzerland.

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