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Steam Canoe WS1

Inspired by the canoe; The vessel that symbolizes the rich history of the indigenous first nations and early exploration of North America, the shelter was built to cut through the harsh wind of the cold winter. Historically a boat has always created an interior space when turned upside down. In the Winter Station construction in Toronto, Canada in February 2016 solar hydronic components were installed, initiating the underlying theme of freeze-thaw. Evacuated solar tubes were heating a tank at the rear of the volume, melting snow and generating warm water, creating a fog halo that emerged from within the upside down boat structure. The Steam Canoe structure was achieved with a combination of computer assisted parametric geometry, manual cutting of the computer generated forms and innovative experimental production by using a traditional process of rolling the Press Laminated Timber Panels that make up the pavilion. The process of sandwiching two layers of 1/8 “Oak and one layer of 3/4" Spruce was made possible by the mechanical fastening of two Grip Metal™ layers, a type of “Metal Velcro™” developed by Nucap Technologies. A thin continuous steel sheet with grip hooks on both faces of the sheet is pressed into the veneer and core lumber in this press rolling method. Different radii are made possible by adjusting the feeding angle of the assembled panels carefully into the roll press. The results are strong and lightweight panels allowing an assembly into a pavilion without need for substructure, the external skin is the structure. The panels are assembled without the use of any glue and even though they have a stronger bond than traditional chemical adhesive methods, the components can be separated at the end of their lifetime into pure material origins of wood and metal, making this a perfect innovation in material, process, application, product and sustainability.

OCAD University Design Build Project in collaboration with Nucap Industries and Curtis Ho, Jaewon Kim, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St-Cyr, Jason Wong, Sanjana Chokshi, Supreetha Guntur, Aruvi Rajasingham, Nancy Le, Olayide Madamidola, Alejandro A Rebollar Heres et al. Originally built as part of the annual Winter Stations Competition February 2016, Woodbine Beach, Toronto. Currently on display at OMI Sculpture Park in Ghent, New York until 2018.

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