Webinar highlights advantages of B.C. wood species

Use of Yellow cedar louvres by architect Sonke Hoof.

Forestry Innovation Consulting India (FII), better known as Canadian Wood, has been actively engaged in promoting Canadian wood species in India and offers architects, designers, contractors and furniture manufacturers a wide choice of legally harvested wood species for a large variety of applications.

Over the years Canadian Wood has worked with a cross-section of reputed architects, interior designers, builders and developers across India by assisting them on their projects and arranging technical support.

The recent ‘Architecture in India and Canadian Wood’ was the 9th in a series of Canadian Wood webinars that further endorsed the numerous applications possible with its species.

The webinar, presented in association with the Festival of Architecture and Interior Design, was moderated by Mr Peter Bradfield, FII’s Technical Advisor.

It featured engaging presentations and panel discussions by leading architects such as Sönke Hoof from Vastū Shilpā Consultants; Sidharth Talwar from Studio Lotus; and Ketan Jawdekar from Studio K-7.

Ketan is the winner of at least 45 international awards. The initial slides of his presentation captured his tangential thinking and abstract approach through snapshots.

One main example of this, ‘Pallet Brewery and Kitchen’, is a premium pub in Bengaluru, a project that has won multiple accolades and the International Design Awards, formed the core of his session.

The search for high-quality wood and design flexibility led to Canadian wood species SPF (spruce-pine-fir), which is known for its high dimensional stability globally and highly recommended for making wooden houses, structural framing and interior fit-outs.

False ceilings room, dividers, backdrops, bottle racks, mouldings and finishings in the project were made with SPF, along with plank walls and end-cut wall of a private tasting room.

Sidhartha is a believer of conscious design, which means an inclusive approach that celebrates local resources, cultural influences and attention to detail. His presentation on explorations in wood included several premium residential and hospitality projects entailing multiple applications of Canadian wood species.

The main focus of his presentation was an on-going project labelled ‘Villa in the Woods’, located in the Kumaon Hills in Uttarakhand. The 88-acre residential project spread includes a flexible nature of construction that allows for the structure to be bent towards the contours of the hills.

The villa is one part of the project incorporating the use of Canadian Western red cedar for exterior cladding, shingles and Douglas-fir for doors, door frames, paneling and ceiling work.

Douglas-fir is highly valued for its strength-to-weight ratio, making it a good choice for doors, door frames, windows and even heavy structural purposes like post-and-beam constructions, glue-laminated beams (glulam), etc.

In addition, he also briefly introduced the audiences to his other wood-based projects, highlighting the use of Canadian wood species in local ‘nakashi’ (carving) work and craftsmanship in others.

Architect Sonke, whose impressive work finds special mentions in several prestigious books and magazines, presented a residential project in Ahmedabad. As a challenge to extend the living space restricted on sides, a box like a perch was placed on the rooftop of the bungalow with louvres surrounding the space.

Canadian Yellow cedar was chosen over many other types of wood species 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 a very engaging panel discussion, and finally concluded with an insightful question-answer session with the audience.

Mr Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director at FII said, “It was an honour for us to have our 9th webinar as the common ground for such outstanding professionals to share some of their best work.”



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