As the world faces up to the climate emergency, urgent action is required if we are to reduce our individual and collective environmental impact. Packaging has an important role to play. The environmental impacts of plastic packaging are well known. 40% of plastic produced is for packaging, while plastic packaging accounts for 50% of plastic waste. Answers must be found to boost the production and use of sustainable packaging, with renewable and recyclable solutions increasingly in demand. A 2020 Two Sides Survey on European Packaging Preferences found that paperboard packaging is favoured by consumers as being better for the environment and considered easier to recycle and home compost. Increasing the use of sustainable, certified forest-based packaging has huge potential to not only help companies meet sustainability targets, but also have a positive impact on the world’s forests and the communities that depend upon them.
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.
more at: https://pefc.org/news/the-waf-shortlist-a-helical-forest-tower-and-a-welcoming-airport-terminal