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Architects work with B.C. wood species

Canadian Wood had launched a webinar titled ‘Architecture in India and Canadian Wood’, where renowned architects shared first-hand experiences on working with Canadian Wood and showcasing their projects.

Presented in association with the Festival of Architecture and Interior Design (FOAID), the webinar featured Ar. Sönke Hoof from Vastū Shilpā Consultants, Ar. Sidharth Talwar from Studio Lotus and Ar. Ketan Jawdekar from Studio K-7. The webinar commenced with an introduction by Nirmala Thomas, FII Director Market Development and was moderated by Peter Bradfield, FII Technical advisor.

Ar. Ketan Jawdekar’s presentation captured his tangential thinking and abstract approach through snapshots – for example, the ‘Pallet – Brewery and Kitchen’, a premium pub in Bengaluru formed the core of his session. The search for high-quality wood and design flexibility lead to Canadian wood species SPF (Spruce-pine-fir).

SPF is known for its high-dimensional stability globally and is recommended for making wooden houses, structural framing and interior fit outs. False ceilings room, dividers, backdrops, bottle racks, mouldings and finishing, plank walls and end-cut wall of a private tasting room –  all were made out of SPF.

Ar. Ketan Jawdekar’s presentation was followed by a demonstration by Ar. Sidhartha Talwar, a believer of conscious design that celebrates local resources, cultural influences and attention to detail.  His presentation included premium residential and hospitality projects using Canadian wood, such as the on-going project ‘Villa in the Woods’ located in Kumaon, Uttarakhand.

The 88-acre residential project uses Canadian Western red cedar for exterior cladding, shingles and Douglas-fir for doors, door frames, panelling and ceiling work. Western red cedar’s working properties and natural resistance to termite, rot and decay make it ideal for outdoor applications. On the other hand, Douglas-fir is valued for its strength-to-weight ratio making it the ultimate choice for doors, door frames, windows and post-and-beam constructions and glue-laminated beams (glulam).

The last session was presented by Ar. Sonke Hoof, whose presentation included a bungalow in Ahmedabad. As a challenge to extend the living space restricted on the sides, a perch was placed on the rooftop with louvres surrounding the space.

Canadian Yellow Cedar was chosen and charred for a shining charcoal-like finish. Highly durable and naturally resistant to decay, Yellow Cedar is increasingly being chosen for making doors, door frames, windows and outdoor applications (furniture, pergola and more). The adjustable louvres enhanced aesthetics and lent the functional advantage of maneuvering harsh sunlight entering the space.

The three presentations were followed by an engaging panel discussion moderated by Peter Bradfield. The event finally concluded with an insightful Q&A session of the panellists with the audience.

To watch the webinar, click here: