The WAF shortlist: A helical forest tower and a welcoming airport terminal

We are delighted to present the first two shortlisted projects for the World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) Best Use of Certified Timber Prize, supported by PEFC: A forest tower in Denmark that invites visitors to discover the forest from above, and an airport in the Philippines, whose timber roof makes it both inviting and earthquake-resistant.

Supported by PEFC, the prize rewards architects and project teams for using certified timber for constructions outstanding in sustainability, innovation, quality or aesthetics.

Camp Adventure Forest Tower is a helical observation tower that invites visitors to climb up above the treetops of the PEFC-certified Gisselfeld Klosters Forest in Denmark.

The 45-metre-tall tower forms the culmination of a 900-metre-long boardwalk through the forest, and offers visitors a 360-degree view over the trees, hills, lakes and meadows that make up the natural landscape.

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the second largest airport in the Philippines, has received a new terminal 2, with a gigantic roof made of PEFC-certified timber.

The concept for the terminal was inspired by the local climate, materiality, feel, arts, crafts and industrial skills.

Like the traditional indigenous houses in the Philippines, the terminal has a high pitch roof and low eaves to fend off solar heat and glare. The uppermost structure is lightweight to withstand earthquakes and its form is well braced against typhoons.
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