Beyond transparency, light, and thoughtful programmatic distribution, timber is the true star of this government building by Thinkspace

Global Design News
December 1, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Williams Lake First Nation Government Administration Building is a dynamic two-storey hybrid mass timber facility located in the central interior of British Columbia designed by Thinkspace Architecture Planning Interior Design. The building is the new administrative home for the T’exelcemc, or Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN). For its sustainable design, has recently been awarded a 2022 International Architecture Awards Honorable Mention by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. …The design challenge was to represent past values and placemaking, while simultaneously creating a warm and modern feel that embodies contemporary WLFN values and identity. Selecting an exposed mass timber structure and choosing to use wood extensively throughout the space makes that vision come to life. The wood landscape inside and outside the building acts as an armature, providing ready-made framing for artwork and cultural objects. 

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