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Aspen Art Museum Wins 2016 Wood Design Award

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Photos by Greg Kingsley, KL&A Inc.

Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Shigeru Ban, the Aspen Art Museum continues to rack up awards. The most recent includes a 2016 Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. In an effort to celebrate the innovative use of wood as a structural and finish material, it's no wonder the Wood Design Awards honored the $45 million Aspen Art Museum for regional excellence. To ensure the museum could withstand the load of heavy Colorado snow, he designed an interlocking two-way wood frame and a basket-weave composite wood screen wall that envelopes the building. According to the Wood Design Award description, "The space frame is laid out on a 4-ft grid, with top and bottom laminated spruce veneer chords offset 2 ft in each plan direction. The diagonal webs that connect the top and bottom chords are comprised of gracefully curving, laminated birch plywood members that snake up and down, with dimensions that subtly shift in response to structural demands." It also happens to look gorgeous.

· WoodWorks Announces 2016 Wood Design Award Winners [Business Wire]