ATDA: QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE CONTINUES
The 19th Australian Timber Design Awards
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.
TDA winner International House. Photo: Jon Evans