Thoughtful design and carefully selected wood shapes teahouse

By Richard Dal Monte
Royal Roads University
December 18, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA, BC — Any construction project is a tightly choreographed dance. In the case of the Japanese teahouse planned as part of the large-scale revitalization of the Japanese gardens on the campus of Royal Roads University, that choreography is notable for an acute level of precision and attention to detail. The design must fit the environment, a historic location and the BC building code. The construction process requires months of off-site work to prepare for on-site assembly. And then there’s the lumber. Hayato Ogawa, the renowned landscape designer, says every aspect of the wood used in its construction is considered: the kind of wood, yes, but also its provenance and quality. Ogawa and associates worked with Canadian Bavarian Millwork & Lumber in Chemainus, B.C. to sustainably source Douglas fir from old-or second-growth sources, and never from clearcuts.

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