The use of wood was a natural choice when considering the programmatic requirements and site conditions which defined this project. The goal was to create a healing environment which leveraged the physical and psychological benefits of engaging with the natural world. Not only did the building achieve this by orienting itself to its densely forested context, but also by extensively integrating and expressing wood in its structure and finishes.
The Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre, which houses a physiotherapy clinic and ceramics studio, is the newest addition to Mattick's Farm, a small-scale commercial centre with a focus on local produce, crafts and services. It reinforces the built fabric and social character of the community, while at the same time exploring a new and more intimate relationship between users of the building and the natural environment in which it is set.
The extensive use of wood throughout the building, as both a structural and finish material, is central to its design. Both the roof and shear walls are constructed from cross-laminated timber panels, made up of multiple layers of locally harvested wood manufactured in British Columbia.