The 19th Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards

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Now in its 19th year, the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards are dis­tin­guished by a proud her­itage of in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment. The highly pres­ti­gious awards pro­mote and en­cour­age out­stand­ing tim­ber de­sign and there have been count­less cases of sheer bril­liance and tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise in abun­dance through­out the years. En­tries opened on 12 Fe­bru­ary for this year’s awards which 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. How the pro­gram will un­fold:- 6 July - Sub­mis­sions to En­ter Com­pe­ti­tion Close 23 July - Peo­ple’s Choice Award Opens 16-20 July - Judg­ing 17 Au­gust - Peo­ple’s Choice Awards Vot­ing Close 18 Oc­to­ber - Awards Night Syd­ney In or­der to pro­vide a good, solid foun­da­tion for the tim­ber de­sign awards, in ad­di­tion to fair eval­u­a­tion and judg­ing by a sound method­ol­ogy, the aim is to have a strong and ex­pert de­sign com­pe­ti­tion jury that pro­vides their in­valu­able knowl­edge base and in­sight to eval­u­ate the sub­mit­ted en­tries, creat­ing ben­e­fit and value for par­tic­i­pants by trans­fer­ring their in­sights and ideas in form of votes, feed­backs and sug­ges­tions. Judges are not cho­sen un­til af­ter the sub­mis­sion com­ple­tion date has passed to avoid con­flict of in­ter­est is­sues. The Grand-Prix (over­all), Cat­e­gory Winners are then se­lected by our panel of judges and the winners pub­licly an­nounced at a spe­cial Pre­sen­ta­tion Night. Sep­a­rate in­dus­try pan­els, which may in­clude spon­sors, will as­sist in the se­lect of winners for the Prod­uct Recog­ni­tion Awards. Planet Ark’s Make it Wood cam­paign will be re­spon­si­ble for the Sus­tain­abil­ity Award ques­tion­naire as well as for the judg­ing of this cat­e­gory. The pub­lic will choose the win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice Award via an on­line poll. All par­tic­i­pat­ing En­tries will be judged on out­stand­ing tim­ber use, ap­pear­ance, work­man­ship, struc­ture and in­no­va­tion. Judges are look­ing, for con­text-suit­able use of tim­ber. Well-con­sid­ered de­sign and con­struc­tion with tim­ber will dis­tin­guish an en­try. With such a broad range of cat­e­gories on of­fer, there is scope for recog­ni­tion of a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions. Each en­try cat­e­gory is judged in­de­pen­dently. This is an im­por­tant fea­ture of the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards: a win­ning project may ex­cel in a range of dis­tinct ar­eas. It is im­por­tant for en­tries to be com­pre­hen­sive but con­cise – judges will re­fer to writ­ten state­ments, draw­ings, and de­tailed pho­to­graphs, where ap­pro­pri­ate, to dis­tin­guish a win­ner. As such, en­trants must con­sider whether their project is suit­able for the cat­e­gories into which it is en­tered. En­tries should dis­play ex­am­ples of out­stand­ing de­sign in the rel­e­vant ar­eas and in­clude a de­scrip­tion of the use of tim­ber in each project. The awards con­tinue to at­tract more and more en­tries and the pub­lic buy-in also con­tin­ues to grow .... a sure sign that the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards are con­sid­ered to be the na­tion’s fore­most recog­ni­tion of ex­cel­lence. The 2017 Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Award Grand Prix was awarded to Tzannes Ar­chi­tects and Lendlease for In­ter­na­tional House - Syd­ney, which stands at the gate­way of the Baranga­roo precinct. In­ter­na­tional House Syd­ney is Aus­tralia’s first com­mer­cial of­fice and largest com­mer­cial-scale en­gi­neered tim­ber build­ing that uses Cross Lam­i­nated Tim­ber (CLT) and Glue Lam­i­nated Tim­ber (Glu­lam). The strik­ing look of the high-rise build­ing, de­signed by Tzannes Ar­chi­tects and en­gi­neered by De­signMake Lendlease, demon­strates a so­phis­ti­cated un­der­stand­ing of ur­ban and com­mer­cial ar­chi­tec­ture. The out­stand­ing part­ner­ship team com­bin­ing de­vel­oper, de­sign and de­liv­ery pro­fes­sion­als, made pos­si­ble in the cre­ation of In­ter­na­tional House - Syd­ney to beau­ti­fully re-in­ter­pret the his­tory of the site for the fu­ture of Syd­ney.

In­ter­na­tional House

TDA win­ner In­ter­na­tional House. Photo: Jon Evans

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