The tra­di­tion of tim­ber ex­cel­lence con­tin­ues

Australasian Timber - - TIMBER DESIGN AWARDS NEWS -

CAST YOUR mind back about a half a decade ago ... can you re­mem­ber the win­ner of the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards?

Of course you can. The 2012 Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Award went to Paul Haar Ar­chi­tect for Can­dle­bark School Li­brary, an earth-cov­ered li­brary built into the side of a hill in Vic­to­ria’s Mace­don Ranges.

The judg­ing panel was greatly im­pressed by the ex­pert use of en­gi­neered tim­ber within the Can­dle­bark build­ing struc­ture. “The broad-span tim­ber roof of the li­brary sup­ports a 500-600mm layer of earth--a sig­nif­i­cant en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge--and is made of LVL bil­lets and mas­sive ex­posed por­tal frames. The de­sign is re­mark­able also for its care­ful de­tail­ing and tim­ber se­lec­tion. And like many of this year’s fi­nal­ists, Can­dle­bark makes ex­cel­lent use of re­cy­cled and sal­vaged tim­bers,” the panel noted.

How­ever, going even fur­ther back into the an­nals of tim­ber de­sign his­tory and it’s in­ter­est­ing to note the growth of the pres­ti­gious award sys­tem since the early years ...

• 2003 was a break­out year for the awards. En­try numbers were much im­proved on those of 2002, and the young Awards brand ap­peared to have al­ready gained a good level of aware­ness in the de­sign com­mu­nity.

• 2004 saw the awards re­ally start to gain trac­tion in the de­sign com­mu­nity. The size and di­ver­sity of the en­try field made judg­ing a dif­fi­cult but re­ward­ing task.

• 2005 was yet an­other record break­ing year for the awards, with more en­tries than ever be­fore, and the broad­est range of en­try cat­e­gories to date. Judges re­marked on the dif­fi­culty of se­lect­ing win­ners from such a di­verse field of en­trants, and noted, in par­tic­u­lar, the rich­ness and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of this year’s tim­ber pal­ettes.

• 2006 saw a re­mark­ably di­verse field of en­tries and a pleas­ing em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able de­sign.

• 2007 fea­tured the largest field of en­trants to the Tim­ber De­sign Awards since the in­cep­tion of the awards in 2000. Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of our spon­sors, the range of com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gories for 2007 was also larger than ever be­fore.

And the trend of ex­cel­lence has con­tin­ued.

Now in its 18th year the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards have, over the years, show­cased some of the wealth of tal­ent that Aus­tralia has in de­sign­ing and work­ing with a natural re­source -tim­ber!

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.

Dan­ger­ous De­signs

Dan­ger­ous De­signs is an on­line de­sign com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by WoodSo­lu­tions and sup­ported by pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions, in­dus­try bod­ies, uni­ver­si­ties and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

Any­one in Aus­tralia can en­ter. The Stu­dent cat­e­gory is for full-time or part-time stu­dents at univer­sity, TAFE, col­lege or school. The Open cat­e­gory is for ev­ery­one else.

Ev­ery sec­ond month there will be a $500 prize awarded to the best sub­mis­sion for the pre­ced­ing two months in each of the Stu­dent and Open sec­tions. If a min­i­mum of 20 en­tries across both en­try sec­tions (Stu­dent and Open) has not been re­ceived dur­ing the two monthly pe­riod, no prizes will be awarded and the en­tries will be in­cluded in the next two monthly pe­riod. The An­nual Prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the judges’ se­lec­tion from the win­ning bi-monthly en­tries sub­mit­ted in year to 30 Septem­ber 2017.

Dan­ger­ous De­signs en­trants re­tain ownership of any in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty as­so­ci­ated with their de­sign. Not­with­stand­ing, WoodSo­lu­tions re­serves the right to use any ma­te­rial sub­mit­ted as part of any en­try for pro­mo­tional pur­poses.

Dan­ger­ous De­signs will be pro­moted to the de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing and com­mer­cial sec­tors as part of the over­all WoodSo­lu­tions program. Any sub­se­quent dis­cus­sions and com­mer­cial agree­ments will be solely be­tween the de­sign owner/s and the com­mer­cial­is­ing en­tity. Apart from act­ing as a con­tact, WoodSo­lu­tions will play no role in this process, but re­tains the right to use suc­cess­ful sto­ries to pro­mote Dan­ger­ous De­signs.

2016 Over­all win­ner - Three Capes Track Cabins – Jaws Ar­chi­tects. Im­age by Brett Board­man

2016 Sus­tain­abil­ity - Marist Col­lege Bendigo Mon­tagne Cen­tre – Y2 Ar­chi­tec­ture and Three Acres Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture. Im­age by Bill Conroy Press 1 Pho­tog­ra­phy

2016 Tim­ber floor­ing - Ab­bot­sleigh Mul­ti­Pur­pose As­sem­bly and Sports Hall – Allen Jack and Cot­tier. Im­age by Ty­rone Brani­gan

2016 Tim­ber Win­dows & Doors - The Farm – Fer­gus Scott Ar­chi­tects. Im­age by Michael Ni­chol­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

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