Temple of Light Project Wins 2019 Wood Design Award

Wood Works! BC has announced the winners of the 2019 Wood Design Awards, held in Vancouver, BC. These awards recognize wood developments that exemplify innovation both structurally and architecturally. Out of 103 nominations, 14 of these were awarded; one per each of the 14 categories. Categories are based on building design, environmental performance, interior design, innovation and more.

Patkau Architects were among this year’s Wood Design Award recipients in the Wood Innovation Award category for the Temple of Light in Kootenay Bay, BC.

The new Yasodhara Ashram Temple of Light displays elements of symbolism in it’s dome shape and placement of windows, doors and panels. The Yasodhara Ashram made use of simple, local climate-adapted features of the location to minimize the impact on the existing infrastructure and minimize energy use. Natural light is a key medium and defining feature of this project. Light and space optimization have given this Temple a bright, open-concept lay out, with light entering between the structure’s wood-framed, petal-shaped panels and through the crown. The new facility has been built on the concrete foundations of the former building, with all new Mechanical HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical systems. A high performance building envelope, glazing, geothermal systems and photovoltaic arrays account for a projected 108 MJ/m^2/yr or less in energy consumption.

Integral Group is proud to have been involved with this award-winning project, providing mechanical, electrical and lighting design services to the project.



See all of the 2019 Wood Design Award winners here.