The Radiant Sphere is a modern take on a familiar sculptural form, which speaks to the future of wood technology and its role in building. The process of change and evolution is what defines the Radiant sphere. As seen in nature at the molecular level, life divides and reforms and makes new again. All of this requires energy. The light emanating from the voids exudes that energy; it represents growth and transformation.
The sphere is comprised of alternating layers of a specifically outdoor suited modified wood product- Accoya. The dimensioned wood of the Accoya sphere portrays traditional wood material from a different perspective. Dimensioned lumber is omnipresent in our society as a building material, it has been fundamental to the development of the City of Vancouver. The skills and craftsmanship acquired by historical Vancouverites have developed in tandem with the progression of the lumber industry. Local stores such as Kerrisdale Lumber have been providing lumber resources to communities for decades, erstwhile becoming a hub for people to connect and converse. Wood as a material is inextricably linked to our history as a society, and has been a keystone of our communities.
Accoya wood itself represents an industry in transformation. It is a modified wood product, that is totally waterproof, non-toxic, and environmentally sound. Using modern wood technologies, through the process of acytelation, the wood is altered to become waterproof and more durable from the surface to the core using already naturally occurring chemicals. As a result Accoya becomes an alternative exterior building material, providing a sustainable alternative to conventionally non-renewable products.