"Nest We Grow" wins Wood Design Award
By Lloyd Alter
9 February 2016
The Wood Design Awards for 2016 have just been announced. "We could just round them all up as usual, but there is a lot of really interesting stuff going on this year, (and some that would probably be boring to TreeHugger regulars who have seen so much wood) so I am going to try and look at them in detail," stated Lloyd Alter. One of the most fascinating is Nest We Grow in Hokkaido, which received an award in the category of Green Building by Nature. Described by the WoodWorks jury as an “intelligent structure," the Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness and sustainability.
The Nest We Grow project was designed by a student architecture team from UC Berkeley which included: Hsiu-Wei Chang, M.Arch '14, Max Edwards M.Arch '14, Fanzheng Dong, M.Arch '14, Yan Xin Huang, M.Arch '16, Baxter Smith, M.Arch '16 and Hsin-Yu Chen, M.Arch '17. Architecture professors Dana Buntrock and Mark Anderson were the project's advisors. The project won the 4th LIXIL International University Architectural Competition. Students were able to complete their design while in Tokyo, under the supervision of Kengo Kuma.