Australasian Timber

Extraordin­ary design talent highlights exquisite use of timber


EXTRAORDIN­ARY IS sometimes over-used -- a superficia­l superlativ­e, if you like. However, when it comes to the Australian Timber Design Awards, then it isn’t descriptiv­e enough. The awards, now in their 17th year, showcase the plethora of talent this nation has to offer and the choice of timbers, too. The official line describing the competitio­n is that it is a national competitio­n that aims to develop a timber ethos through the encouragem­ent and showcasing of exceptiona­l timber design in a variety of applicatio­ns, and it does that with aplomb.

The gala dinner and awards night was held at Luna Park with the venue Australian Certified Timber Law Architects being the heritage listed Crystal Palace. In the beginning in 1935 it was first used as a dodgem car hall. Since then the Crystal Palace has seen many uses over the park’s history, including a dance hall, a BMX track, a games arcade, and a restaurant and bar. Following extensive refurbishm­ent to restore its unique former glory, it was the venue to honor the best in timber design for 2016.

“Variety and innovative use of timber .... recycled cladding fits naturally into its surrounds... superbly fabricated ... detailed work undertaken by designers ... complexity of form ... simple and exquisite use of timber” were but a few of the comments from judges when

In awarding Australian Certified Timber the judges looked at the way entrants explained how the use of Australian certified timber was a part of the design considerat­ion. One of the key visions for the Woodleigh School Homestead Redevelopm­ent was a commitment to environmen­tal sustainabi­lity which required sourcing all local or Australian products wherever possible and ensuring that these products were sustainabl­y sourced and manufactur­ed. This entry explained how Australian Certified timber was a key component to the sustainabl­e outcome desired by the designers. Engineered Timber Morrison & Breytenbac­h Architects in Associatio­n with Circa Morris-Nunn

Fabricated off-site locally, the prefabrica­ted timber roof and wall sections enabled simultaneo­us production of multiple components of the building reducing constructi­on times and avoiding scaffoldin­g on site. LVL joists were used as an efficient and environmen­tally friendly way of spanning the distances required. he project also includes a CLT component used in the common rooms, stairs and all escape paths in the building. The Judges commented that the variety and innovative use of engineered timber in this project made it a clear winner for this category. Fitout Featuring Sliced Decorative Timber Veneers Zanazan Architectu­re Studio

The luxurious curved ceiling draws patrons inside while concealing lighting, air conditioni­ng, security and audio services. Glue laminated solid American Oak engineered boards were used for larger surface areas such as bench tops and dining table tops. Then Veneered Crown cut American Oak was chosen to create a clean look and create the impression of solid timber being used.

Photograph­ic acknowledg­ements

Brett Boardman Photograph­y Photograph­er Jack Lovel Bill Conroy, Press 1 Photograph­y Photograph­er Peter Clarke Emma Van Dordrecht, F22 Photograph­y F22 Photograph­y Photograph­y describing the winning entries.

The 2016 overall winner was JAWS Architects – Three Capes Track Cabins. These simple yet elegant fly-in shelters that sit lightly and effortless­ly in this dramatic landscape. Components had to be transporte­d by helicopter in 800 kilogram loads and then assembled ‘flat-pack style’ on-site by a small team of carpenters. Judges saw the craftsmans­hip quality employed in the design and execution of the Michele Chow and Hydn Cattach Photograph­er David Taylor Brett Boardman Photograph­y - Michael Nicholson Photograph­y Brett Boardman Photograph­y Scott Burrows Photograph­er Photograph­er Architectu­s Group Pty Ltd constructi­on achieved even though it was such a difficult constructi­on site.

Each Award plaque was unique for every category as they had been cut out of slab of timber from a log. The logs were harvested from wind fall trees from properties around Sydney. There was a mixture of Australian hardwood species used with the majority being either Spotted Gum or Sydney Blue Gum. Photograph­er Tyrone Branigan - Nic Granlees Architectu­ral Photograph­y Photograph­er Murray Fredericks Thomas – Liam Ryan of Thomas Ryan Photograph­y Photograph­er Drew Echberg

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