In­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence with tim­ber

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

THE AUS­TRALIAN Tim­ber De­sign Awards are dis­tin­guished by a proud her­itage of in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment; they pro­mote and en­cour­age out­stand­ing tim­ber de­sign.

The Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards are open to builders, de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers and land­scap­ers: to any­one in­volved in the de­sign or build­ing of struc­tures that fea­ture tim­ber. A Ris­ing Star Award is avail­able to stu­dents and en­trants aged 35 or un­der.

The Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards com­pe­ti­tion is open to built en­vi­ron­ment pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents who want to show­case their built de­sign and/or build­ing projects in res­i­den­tial and/or pub­lic or com­mer­cial build­ings that fea­ture tim­ber struc­tures or fin­ishes.

The aim of the Awards is to de­velop a tim­ber de­sign ethos through the en­cour­age­ment and show­cas­ing of su­perla­tive tim­ber de­sign in a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions, and while the abun­dance of tal­ent through­out Aus­tralia be­comes ever-more ob­vi­ous just think how hard the task is for the judg­ing panel.

En­tries for the 2017 com­pe­ti­tion opened on Fe­bru­ary 28 and closed on 9 June. Vot­ing for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award starts on 1 Au­gust and closes 31 Au­gust. The gala night when win­ners will be an­nounced will be held on 25 Oc­to­ber in Mel­bourne.

Visit the Tim­ber De­sign Awards web­site’s Awards Spon­sors page to find out more about them. (click on the lo­gos for a pop-up pro­file win­dow!)

Flash­back to 2015, the year the cov­eted award went to John War­dle Ar­chi­tects and NADAAA for the Mel­bourne School of De­sign, an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple of com­plex green de­sign.

The three-storey Mel­bourne School of De­sign is a show­case of the very best that can be achieved with struc­tural tim­ber. LVL en­gi­neered box beams and cof­fers span its 20 me­tre wide atrium, act­ing both as sun shades and struc­tural re­straints. Judges were ef­fu­sive in their praise for the man­ner in which the tim­ber framed and lined build­ing en­ve­lope is sus­pended from two of the over­head LVL beams. Tim­ber fea­tures heav­ily also in the dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments of the de­sign. The se­lec­tion and work­ing of the tim­bers shows ex­cep­tional un­der­stand­ing of the ma­te­rial and lends warmth to the com­plex struc­tural de­sign.

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