Ex­tra­or­di­nary de­sign ta­lent high­lights ex­quis­ite use of tim­ber

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EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY IS some­times over-used -- a su­per­fi­cial su­perla­tive, if you like. How­ever, when it comes to the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards, then it isn’t de­scrip­tive enough. The awards, now in their 17th year, show­case the plethora of ta­lent this na­tion has to of­fer and the choice of tim­bers, too. The of­fi­cial line de­scrib­ing the com­pe­ti­tion is that it is a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion that aims to de­velop a tim­ber ethos through the en­cour­age­ment and show­cas­ing of ex­cep­tional tim­ber de­sign in a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions, and it does that with aplomb.

The gala din­ner and awards night was held at Luna Park with the venue Aus­tralian Cer­ti­fied Tim­ber Law Architects be­ing the her­itage listed Crys­tal Palace. In the be­gin­ning in 1935 it was first used as a dodgem car hall. Since then the Crys­tal Palace has seen many uses over the park’s his­tory, in­clud­ing a dance hall, a BMX track, a games ar­cade, and a restau­rant and bar. Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment to re­store its unique for­mer glory, it was the venue to honor the best in tim­ber de­sign for 2016.

“Va­ri­ety and in­no­va­tive use of tim­ber .... re­cy­cled cladding fits nat­u­rally into its sur­rounds... su­perbly fab­ri­cated ... de­tailed work un­der­taken by de­sign­ers ... com­plex­ity of form ... sim­ple and ex­quis­ite use of tim­ber” were but a few of the com­ments from judges when

In award­ing Aus­tralian Cer­ti­fied Tim­ber the judges looked at the way en­trants ex­plained how the use of Aus­tralian cer­ti­fied tim­ber was a part of the de­sign con­sid­er­a­tion. One of the key vi­sions for the Woodleigh School Home­stead Re­de­vel­op­ment was a com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity which re­quired sourc­ing all lo­cal or Aus­tralian prod­ucts wher­ever pos­si­ble and en­sur­ing that th­ese prod­ucts were sus­tain­ably sourced and man­u­fac­tured. This en­try ex­plained how Aus­tralian Cer­ti­fied tim­ber was a key com­po­nent to the sus­tain­able out­come de­sired by the de­sign­ers. Engineered Tim­ber Mor­ri­son & Breyten­bach Architects in As­so­ci­a­tion with Circa Mor­ris-Nunn

Fab­ri­cated off-site lo­cally, the pre­fab­ri­cated tim­ber roof and wall sec­tions en­abled si­mul­ta­ne­ous pro­duc­tion of mul­ti­ple com­po­nents of the build­ing re­duc­ing con­struc­tion times and avoid­ing scaf­fold­ing on site. LVL joists were used as an ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way of span­ning the dis­tances re­quired. he project also in­cludes a CLT com­po­nent used in the com­mon rooms, stairs and all es­cape paths in the build­ing. The Judges com­mented that the va­ri­ety and in­no­va­tive use of engineered tim­ber in this project made it a clear win­ner for this cat­e­gory. Fitout Fea­tur­ing Sliced Dec­o­ra­tive Tim­ber Ve­neers Zanazan Ar­chi­tec­ture Stu­dio

The lux­u­ri­ous curved ceil­ing draws pa­trons in­side while con­ceal­ing light­ing, air con­di­tion­ing, se­cu­rity and au­dio ser­vices. Glue lam­i­nated solid Amer­i­can Oak engineered boards were used for larger sur­face ar­eas such as bench tops and din­ing ta­ble tops. Then Ve­neered Crown cut Amer­i­can Oak was cho­sen to cre­ate a clean look and cre­ate the im­pres­sion of solid tim­ber be­ing used.

Pho­to­graphic ac­knowl­edge­ments

Brett Board­man Pho­tog­ra­phy Pho­tog­ra­pher Jack Lovel Bill Conroy, Press 1 Pho­tog­ra­phy Pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Clarke Emma Van Dor­drecht, F22 Pho­tog­ra­phy F22 Pho­tog­ra­phy Pho­tog­ra­phy de­scrib­ing the win­ning en­tries.

The 2016 over­all win­ner was JAWS Architects – Three Capes Track Cab­ins. Th­ese sim­ple yet el­e­gant fly-in shel­ters that sit lightly and ef­fort­lessly in this dra­matic land­scape. Com­po­nents had to be trans­ported by helicopter in 800 kilo­gram loads and then as­sem­bled ‘flat-pack style’ on-site by a small team of car­pen­ters. Judges saw the crafts­man­ship qual­ity em­ployed in the de­sign and ex­e­cu­tion of the Michele Chow and Hydn Cat­tach Pho­tog­ra­pher David Tay­lor Brett Board­man Pho­tog­ra­phy - Michael Ni­chol­son Pho­tog­ra­phy Brett Board­man Pho­tog­ra­phy Scott Bur­rows Pho­tog­ra­pher Pho­tog­ra­pher Ar­chi­tec­tus Group Pty Ltd con­struc­tion achieved even though it was such a dif­fi­cult con­struc­tion site.

Each Award plaque was unique for ev­ery cat­e­gory as they had been cut out of slab of tim­ber from a log. The logs were har­vested from wind fall trees from prop­er­ties around Syd­ney. There was a mix­ture of Aus­tralian hard­wood species used with the ma­jor­ity be­ing ei­ther Spot­ted Gum or Syd­ney Blue Gum. Pho­tog­ra­pher Ty­rone Brani­gan - Nic Gran­lees Ar­chi­tec­tural Pho­tog­ra­phy Pho­tog­ra­pher Mur­ray Fred­er­icks Thomas – Liam Ryan of Thomas Ryan Pho­tog­ra­phy Pho­tog­ra­pher Drew Ech­berg

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