Jinju Community Centre

Building a creative neighborhood using Nail-laminated Timber


Jinju City, South Korea


320 m2


The City of Jinju


BOLD Architects

Aerial view of Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival in Jinju city, South korea.

Jinju is a city in the southeast of South Korea with a population of 360,000 and is recognized as one of the country’s leading centers of arts and culture. Its designation by UNESCO as a Creative City for Crafts and Folk Art reflects the diverse Korean cultural arts scene. Jinju is committed to the preservation and safeguarding of its cultural capital.

On the heels of this designation, the city issued an action plan and aligned its crafts and folk-art industry vision with green urban development and the necessary architecture to host cultural events, exhibitions, and tourism. The city’s chief architect has made it clear that they wanted the new community centre to fulfill the communities’ green development commitment. The design employs the use of natural building materials to provide the link between green architecture and Jinju’s cultural heritage.  community.

On November 20, 2020, Canada Wood Korea signed an MOU with the City mayor. Both sides agreed to employ Nail-laminated Timber (NLT) as the roof system for the new community centre project. To demonstrate different aesthetics and acoustic properties, Canada Wood Korea proposed four NLT panel configurations, comprised of various alternating patterns of dimensional lumber nailed to create a fluted aesthetic and enhance the acoustic properties of the enclosure.

Panels were manufactured off-site in Busan to demonstrate the ease of prefabrication in various built scenarios. All the panels are made of dimensional Canadian SPF lumber.

Canada Wood Korea provided technical support throughout the planning and construction of the project to impart best practices and assist the developer in overcoming the learning curve associated with the design, manufacturing, and installation of the NLT system. NLT factory prefabrication has been completed and its installation at the job site was completed in just 5 days, with the whole project completed by the end of July 2021.

As the first NLT project in South Korea, this will build a ‘proof of concept’ case for NLT use in the non-residential sector for the South Korean construction market.

Funding for this project is provided through Natural Resources Canada