Ciel was our entry for 2008 OCAD WoodWorks Design competition. The essence of the competition is to find an innovative use for domestic wood products and make wood appear beautiful. During the competition launch, Canada Wood Council mentioned their mandate to have a stronger foothold in commercial spaces.
We based our ideation process on finding a use in commercial applications. I was aware of the movement for sustainable buildings and the value of wood products. I was the one who came up with the concept of a ceiling tile. My inspiration came from taking a walk in Grange Park. I was reminded of the times when I used to lie down beneath the branches of a tree and watched the clouds.
I approached my teammates with the idea. They had subsequently came up with a wooden toy, Iko, promoting sustainable forestry. Our desire to keep working together led us to creating two entries. I was mainly responsible for fabricating the prototypes. Josh and Xiulung handled the business plan component and any renderings. We provided assistance to each other during the process.
We were awarded first place for the school-wide competition. Our work was displayed at the Ontario Wood Building Council’s Awards Gala. Provincially, we didn’t fare as well. I admit that by doing two entries, we were not able to fully iron out the design details for Ciel. I am planning to research other material options and fireproofing methods to further develop the idea. Many parties were inspired by the new application we had for wood. My goal is to create a building product that will be in accordance with the LEED standards for VOC limits and recycled content use.