World’s first all wood stadium to be built in England

A 5,000 seat soccer stadium has been commissioned to be built in England entirely from wood. Fans of the Forest Green Rovers soccer club will be able to watch the game in  the world’s greenest soccer stadium. It will be constructed completely from timber and powered by sustainable energy sources.

(Designs for the world’s first all wood stadium. Photo credit: ZHA)

The new stadium will be located in Nailsworth and will be part of a $124 million “Eco Park” development, Woodworking Network reports. The design for the stadium was chosen at the end of a seven-month-long international competition with over 50 entries submitted. The winning design will be commissioned by the London-based architectural firm Zaha Hadid (ZHA).


(Designs for the stadium’s interior which will seat 5,000 soccer fans. Photo credit: ZHA)

(The wave ceiling. Photo credit: ZHA)

The interior is designed to act as an acoustic device to contain crowd noise and seats have been positioned to give spectators completely unobstructed views of the field.

In addition to the world’s first all wood building, ZHA is also known on its designs of previous stadiums, like the London 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre and its upcoming arena for the 2022 World Cup.


France plans to build first wooden towers in Bordeaux

France is gearing up to make the country’s first tall timber construction in the form of two towers. The pair of wooden towers are planned to be 50 and 57 meters high (164 and 187 feet) and will built in the center of the city by Bordeaux Euratlantique.

(Artistic design of Hypérion, a planned 18-story wooden tower in Bordeaux. Photo credit: Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés)

Global Construction Review details the plans which include multiple design teams. The taller of the two towers, “Hypérion”, will be an 18-story residential tower with 82 apartments. The project team includes Eiffage, specialist wood contractor Woodeum, landlord Clairsienne and architect Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés. The other tower, nicknamed “Silva,” will be an office building. The project team includes developer Kaufman & Broad and is designed by architect Art & Build. 80% of Silva will be made with locally sourced cross-laminated timber with glulam plywood bracing.

(Rendering of the 50 meter tall wooden building, Silva, in France. Photo credit: Art & Build)

Both of the designs were chosen in a competition held by the city. Global Construction Review reports that construction on Hypérion is expected to begin in September 2017 with both towers completed by 2020.

Read more about the timber towers and learn about other wooden buildings in France.

WoodWorks announces 2016 Wood Design Award winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Wood Design Award winners! WoodWorks announced the national and regional design winners. Now it its 8th year, the Wood Design Award is meant to “celebrate projects and design teams that showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material,” according to Jennifer Cover, PE, executive director of WoodWorks/Wood Products Council. She went on to say “Ranging from mass timber to traditional wood-frame, this year’s winning projects exemplify wood’s many attributes, from structural performance and design versatility, to sustainability and cost effectiveness.”

Winners of 2016 Wood Design Awards (The 16 national and regional winners of WoodWork’s 2016 Wood Design Awards. Photo credit: WoodWorks)

National awards are presented in nine categories: Multi-Story Wood Design, Commercial Wood Design, Wood in Government Buildings, Institutional Wood Design, Wood in Educational Buildings, Beauty of Wood – Innovation, Beauty of Wood – Craft, Green Building by Nature, and Green Building by Design.

The final list of winners is available in the WoodWorks press release and complete details are on the WoodWorks Project Gallery.

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition

Recently, the U.S.D.A. and Softwood Lumber Board announced the winners of the 2015 U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The winning designs were awarded $3 million to support tall wood demonstration projects.

The East Coast winner is 475 West 18th in New York City, a residential condominium building proposed by 130-134 Holdings LLC, in partnership with Spiritos Properties, SHoP Architects, Arup, Icor Associates, and environmental consultancy Atelier Ten.

SHoP_475-West-18th-Street_Great-Room_SHoP-Architects-PC(Interior design for the East Coast winner in New York City, New York. Photo credit: SHoP Architects)

The West Coast winner is Framework, an urban and rural ecological project located in Portland, Oregon. It is anticipated to be one of the first tall timber structures in the country at 12-stories. The building is described as consisting of one level of ground floor retail, 5 levels of office, 5 levels of workforce housing and a roof top amenity space.

(Exterior design for the West Coast winner in Portland, Oregon. Photo credit: Framework)

The competition is meant to be “the first step in a process to showcase the safe application, practicality and sustainability of tall wood structures (minimum 80 feet in height) that uses mass timber, composite wood technologies and innovative building techniques” and was established “to provide scientific as well as technical support to encourage and support the design and construction of tall wood demonstration projects within the U.S.”

See the winners and learn more about the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.