TORONTO – The 2017 Wood Design Awards has recognized two projects by Diamond Schmitt Architects for their outstanding use of wood in architecture.
The National Arts Centre rejuvenation in Ottawa received a North American Merit Award in the international wood design competition. Three new wings have been added to the NAC, constructed of a prefabricated exposed wood structure. The jury noted “the deep ceiling coffers that are structural and decorative elements all in one.” The geometry of the fine detailing in the coffers is inspired by the original building and adds a layer of texture to the 1969 structure.
Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario received a North American Citation Award. The 225,000-square-foot facility for the Lazaridis School of Business, Economics and Math features major wood-lined spaces, including the atrium, 1,000-seat auditorium and 300-seat lecture hall. The jury said of the atrium, “wood and wood slats are the material language that give a very special feeling to the space.”
The recognition comes on the heels of both projects winning in the regional WoodWorks program in Ontario. The National Arts Centre rejuvenation in Ottawa received the Jury’s Choice Award while Lazaridis Hall received the Interior Wood Design Award.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto with studios in Vancouver and New York City. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, post-secondary facilities, and residential, institutional and commercial buildings. Current projects include the Collection and Conservation Centre at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Robarts Common at the University of Toronto and Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas.