The tradition of timber excellence continues
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 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