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.
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