Wood-GRIP Metal Laminate Structure
Design by OCAD University Faculty of Environmental Design
To create a formed-wood structure for use as a Warming Station in an Urban Environment.
Designed and built as part of Toronto’s Winter Station Design Competition, the Steam Canoe is designed to provide an active warming station on one of Toronto’s Lake Ontario beachfronts. The skin of the canoe is constructed using 5 layers; 2 outer layers of plywood strips, 2 inner layers of double sided GRIP metal sheets, surrounding a core of planking. The materials are roll formed together in one pass. The bow of the materials is created at the time of the roll forming of the panels, allowing a single pass for material joining
The prefabrication process provided simple, finished components that were easily assembled into the finished structure, without any further requirement for forming or shaping. All material joining during the manufacturing was done with only mechanical attachment via GRIP Metal – no other adhesives were used.
Streamlining and improving the manufacture of formed or curved wooden panels and structures, GRIP Metal removed the need for blocking, heating and/or jigging shaped wooden forms, as well as the need for setting time.
The laminate construction delivered a form of material that is stronger than normal wooden laminates, eliminated glues and adhesives, and is completely recyclable.
Industries and Trades including: Furniture Manufacturing, Interior Design, Construction (Interior and Exterior) will be able to use Grip in various formats to translate inherent strengths of the steel substrate to wet composite materials.
The Steam Canoe by OCADU
(Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim, Jason Wong and Mark Tholen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design)