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Awards Winners 2014

2014 Overall Winner :: Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Allsop Group) :: Dandenong Mental Health Facility

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Awards Winners 2013

2013 Overall Winner :: Lend Lease :: Forté at Victoria Harbour

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Awards Winners 2012

2012 Overall Winner :: Paul Haar Architect :: Candlebark School Library

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Awards Winners 2011

2011 Overall Winner :: Circa Morris-Nunn Walker :: Saffire

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Awards Winners 2010

2010 Overall Winner :: David Boyle Architect :: Burridge Read Residence

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Awards Winners 2009

2009 Overall Winner :: Brian Hooper Architect & m3architecture (architects in association) :: Tree of Knowledge Memorial

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Awards Winners 2008

2008 Overall Winner :: Peter Stutchbury Architecture :: Outcrop House

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Awards Winners 2007

2007 Overall Winner :: Hayball Leonard Stent :: Moonah Links Lodges

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Awards Winners 2006

2006 Overall Winner :: Jackson Clements Burrows :: Edward River House

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Awards Winners 2005

2005 Overall Winner :: John Wardle Architects :: Flinders House

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Awards Winners 2004

2004 Overall Winner :: Dawson Brown Architecture :: Bungan Beach House

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Awards Winners 2003

2003 Overall Winner :: B+C Design Construct :: Bala Residence

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Awards Winners 2002

2002 Overall Winner :: Robert Morris-Nunn :: The Forest EcoCentre

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Awards Winners 2001

2001 Overall Winner :: COX Grieve Gillett :: National Wine Centre

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Welcome to the Australian Timber Design Awards, Australasia’s most recognised stamp of excellence in timber design! Entries for the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards open on 9 February 2015.

Entry is open to architects, landscape architects, building and interior designers and engineers with an array of categories available to cover all types of timber projects and use of timber products. Entries close 26 June 2015. Winners will be announced in Melbourne at the Awards Presentation Night in mid-September.
➤ REGISTER FOR THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN TIMBER DESIGN AWARDS PRESENTATION NIGHT

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Judging for 2015 is Underway + WoodSolutions Milan Expo Study Tour E-mail
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00
Expo Milano
The 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards entry period closed on 26 June 2015. This year has seen a record number of entries and we would like to thank all of the entrants and wish them good luck!

The quality of the projects entered has been astounding. We look forward to an exciting presentation evening in Melbourne on 17 September 2015 -- at which the winners will be announced and the Commemorative Australian Timber Design Awards magazine will be released (featuring the winners and all the projects entered). The venue and the MC will be announced in the next newsletter, so keep an eye out for this.

The judging of the projects and their nominated categories is now underway. People's Choice voting will commence in late July -- a chance for the public to vote for their favourite project.

Call for Expressions of Interest -- WoodSolutions Milano Expo Tour early October 2015

In response to numerous requests for a follow-up to the successful WoodSolutions English tour, we’re calling for expressions of interest from design and construction professionals who would like to join a field trip to the Milan Expo and surrounding areas to investigate modern timber construction.

The tour is for 7 days and it include two days at the Milan Expo, visits to CLT and glue lamination plants, significant building construction sites and landmark timber buildings.

The tour will be structured around opportunities to talk to the design teams and contractors working on innovative timber buildings.

Commencing in Milan and ending in Vienna, the land content of the seven night tour is expected to be less than $3,950.00 per person. This includes Milan Expo entry, accommodation, all breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, all land travel and any other site access costs.

Limited to 25 places (50% filled already), the tour will not only be informative and inspiring – but an excellent networking opportunity.

Register your interest today by contacting:
Andrew Dunn: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0419 639 450 or
Eileen Newbury: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Seven Weeks to Go E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2015 00:00
2014 Australian Timber Design Award - Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) - Dandenong Mental Health Facility
2014 Australian Timber Design Award - Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) - Dandenong Mental Health Facility
Free WoodSolutions CPD Seminar in Sydney

Topic Mass Timber in Multi-storey Buildings
Venue Aerial UTS Function Centre,
7/235 Jones St Ultimo
Date & Time 18 June 2015. 12.30 PM for 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM seminar
CPD Certificates of Attendance and 3.5 CPD points available for architects.
Cost Free.
Light lunch provided on arrival and afternoon tea.

This free Woodsolutions seminar will provide practical skills for design and building using large timber elements in Australian tall buildings.

Aesthetics, ease and speed of build, substantially lower environmental footprint are just three reasons designers, builders and developers are moving down this path in Europe, North America and Australasia.

For bookings or more information on 18 June seminar, please contact Jane Letteri at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 02 84243702.

For WoodSolutions seminars and tutorials in other states please see www.woodsolutions.com.au.

Frame Australia Conference and Exhibition

The nation's leading experts in timber and construction will discuss the trend to Building with engineered wood construction systems at the Frame Australia 2015 conference and exhibition on Monday 1 June at Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Developers and builders in Australia have emerged as potential world leaders in utilising timber and engineered wood in multi-residential and commercial buildings, to be outlined at the event -- an event primarily for designers and builders.

Principal Supporter of the event is FWPA's WoodSolutions Program. For more information visit the Frame Australia website www.frameaustralia.com.

Introducing our Awards Sponsors

With each newsletter we will be introducing you to our sponsors for 2015. In this issue:

Rothoblaas

Rothoblaas - With more than 20 years of experience in serving those who design and build with wood

RothoBlaas is an Italian mulitnational developer and provider with an established presence in Australia offering highly technological fastening solutions within the timber building sector.

RothoBlass are able to offer a complete range of products and accessories for the construction of houses and structures with solid timber, Glulam and CLT:
  • Fastening systems as over 40 types of different screws, concealed hangers (ALU), hold downs (WHT), angle brackets (TITAN) and concealed post-bases (TYP-R).
  • Waterproofing membranes and other specific products for ventilated roofs.
  • Fall protection systems for your safety on the construction site.
  • Carpentry machines and tools for measuring, lifting and repairing.

As well as for the variety and quality of our products, Rothoblaas has always stood out for its direct contact with its customers. Over time, it has developed a technical department that today has six highly specialised engineers—each year providing more than 8,000 consultations in six languages. To discover more, visit the website: www.rothoblaas.com.

Timber Veneer Association of Australia

The Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA) is an industry organisation representing all facets of the wood veneer industry. Members include veneer producers, veneer merchants, veneer processors, panel layers, and suppliers of associated products such as coatings.

Formed in 1987 as the Decorative Wood Veneered Panel Producers Association, the TVAA has come a long way since its early beginnings. The Association has a range of publications to assist the building industry in the correct use of veneered products. Most of this material can be downloaded free of charge from the TVAA website at www.timberveneer.asn.au.

The popular Veneer Products Information Manual was completely revised in 2013 and is available as a download, or in hard copy format. The Manual includes guidance for specifiers on making veneer decisions, and shows different ways of assembling veneer leaves, including book matching, slip matching, and so on.

Copies can be obtained by phoning the TVAA Technical Representative, Peter Llewellyn, on the Association's information line 1300 303 982. Inquiries from industry and the public are welcome on this special phone line. Basic information is provided on-the-spot free of charge, while more complicated problems can be referred to the TVAA Technical Committee.

The TVAA's Technical Committee is led by Dr. Barbara Ozarska, from the School of Resource Management, Institute of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne. Dr. Ozarska is highly qualified, with particular expertise in furniture design and the use of veneers.

An inquiry that requires testing, detailed investigation and a written report can be carried out on a fee-for-service basis. The cost of the inquiry will depend on the time involved, as well as any laboratory material and equipment used in the investigation.

WADIC - Window and Door Industry Council

The Window and Door Industry Council INC (WADIC) was established in 2000 to represent timber window and door manufacturers on the relevant standards, regulations trade qualifications and laws. WADIC offers its members a License to Comply for AS2047 the Standard for Windows and Doors with Thermal Performance Assessment. The WADIC website at www.wadic.org.au showcases WADIC members supplying timber windows and doors to the architectural and building industries. It also offers the downloadable Timber Manual and Guide for Compliant Construction of Timber Windows and Doors in Bushfire Prone Areas.

The Window and Door Industry Council (WADIC) is a service organisation for timber window and door manufacturers supplying products to the building and construction industry. WADIC helps members comply with relevant Australian Standards and codes, promotes the environmental and energy-performance benefits of members' products, and provides members with options for window energy-rating systems.

WADIC is an organisation committed to supporting energy conservation and environmentally-sustainable products.

Don't Delay

The closing date for entries to the Awards is fast approaching. If you think you've got a suitable project, get started by reading through the entry categories—We're certain you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to begin your submission, sign up for the 2015 Awards!
 
Eight Weeks to Get Your Entry in for the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00
2014 Excellence in Timber Design - Outdoor Timber - Stand-Alone Structures - Birelli art + design + architecture - Bicheno Surf Life Saving Club & Boathouse
2014 Excellence in Timber Design - Outdoor Timber - Stand-Alone Structures - Birelli art + design + architecture - Bicheno Surf Life Saving Club & Boathouse. Image: Rob Burnett.
Application categories for the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards have been expanded to ensure we cover all types of projects making exemplary use of timber in their design. These categories comprise:
  1. Residential Class 1 – New Building
  2. Residential Class 1 – Alteration or Addition
  3. Multi-Residential
  4. Public or Commercial Building
  5. Interior Fit-out – Residential Class 1
  6. Interior Fit-out – Commercial
  7. Landscape
  8. Stand-Alone Structure
  9. Furniture or Joinery
Once an Application Category has been chosen, a project can be entered into Distinction, Sustainability, Rising Star, Small Budget and Timber Product categories.

Get started by reading through the entry categories—We're certain you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to begin your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time up until the close of entries), sign up for the 2015 Awards!

Introducing our Awards Sponsors

EWPAA - Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) is an industry driven organisation, voluntarily funded by plywood & LVL manufacturers in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and supported by affiliate members who are suppliers of goods and services to the industry.

The range of certified products manufactured and merchandised by EWPAA members includes traditional interior, exterior and marine plywood products, a wide range of modern engineered wood products encompassing structural plywoods used for formwork, residential and commercial flooring, wind and earthquake bracing and feature cladding and laminated veneer lumber and I-beam products used in both commercial and residential structures.

Hurford Hardwood

For three generations and over 80 years the Hurford family has specialised in the production of high quality Australian hardwood flooring products.

From its facilities in Northern NSW, Hurford Hardwood oversees the growing, mill and production of native hardwoods into high quality solid hardwood flooring that provide a broad spectrum of colour and size choices to the market.

Hurford Hardwood is committed to our forests, our community and our future. Underpinning our commitment is an ambitious hardwood reforestation project in the local area where we have purchase over 5000 hectares of land and have commenced a planting program that will see more than 25000 new plantation eucalypt saplings established each year.

Hyne Timber

What statement will your next design make?

Glulam is beautiful and versatile, and suitable for residential, commercial and large-scale industrial applications alike. Its intricate structure is surprisingly efficient, making light work of long spans and critical loads while leveraging the natural aesthetic of wood. Its advantage over steel doesn’t stop there, with superior thermal, acoustic and corrosion resistance values. These attributes render it ideal for portal frame structures such as halls and aquatic sporting facilities.

Hyne Timber has over 35 years of experience successfully designing and fabricating glue laminated products for a diverse range of applications. This experience ensures that we can deliver the most efficient timber structures with fabrication and connection methods that benefit both the design, and construction phases.

Talk to their technical support team today about your next project in timber or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Intergrain

Intergrain sponsors the popular Peoples’ Choice award where the public are able to view the project images online and choose the winner via an online poll.

Intergrain Timber Finishes are designed to protect the natural beauty of timber while giving long lasting durable protection against the harsh Australian elements. Intergrain coatings are researched, developed and tested to perform in all Australian conditions. Being water based, they contain substantially less VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than traditional solvent based finishes, making them an environmentally responsible option that does not compromise on long term durable performance. Intergrain interior and exterior coatings are the best choice for all commercial and residential timber projects.

Intergrain sponsor the popular Peoples’ Choice award where the public are able to view the project images online and choose the winner via an online poll.

 
World Wood Day + More Sponsors E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00
2014 Residential Class 1 - Best Renovation - Wilson Architecture - House in the Woods
2014 Residential Class 1 - Best Renovation - Wilson Architecture - House in the Woods. Image: Aaron Pocock Architectural Photography.
To celebrate World Wood Day, Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign hosted the Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity exhibition at Customs House in Sydney and also released a report titled Wood - Housing, Health, Humanity.

Humans have used wood since the beginning of history. In pre-history it was used for hunting, storing food, decoration and shelter. Even though wood has been central to almost every culture in human history it is now facing a renaissance in its use as new technologies mean it can be used to construct an ever-increasing range of structures from inexpensive emergency housing to skyscrapers.

This exhibition was centred on the computer designed Nano House, a structure made entirely from laser cut wood with virtually no waste.

World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated annually on March 21st to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness of the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. This unique celebration reminds humans of the importance and true value of wood and its responsible use.

Introducing our Awards Sponsors

With each newsletter we will be introducing you to our sponsors for 2015, in this issue:

Kennedy's Australian Recycled Timber

Kennedys’ Australian Recycled Timber continues to provide quality hand selected reclaimed and sustainably sourced new Australian Hardwoods with an impressive history of signature projects. Their timbers remain in high demand across the commercial and residential building industry.

With onsite world class manufacturing facilities in both Melbourne, Brisbane and authorised distributors in every Australian State, they can satisfy all enquiries. Whether it is a high end commercial project, retail fit out, residential development or even feature timber for “The Block”, their experienced team of timber experts are there to assist.

As suppliers to winners of ATDA Awards since 2010, Kennedys strongly support sustainable use. They would like to congratulate entries across the design, architectural and building fields and look forward to personally congratulating the entrants and winners in the category - “Best use of Recycled Timber in 2015”.

Email their sales team @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a copy of their new guide to Architectural / Sustainable Timber Use.

Boral Timber

Boral Timber has been developing and producing wood products for well over a century and has become one of the largest suppliers of certified hardwood and softwood in Australia. Boral Timber has a wide product range including flooring, structural timber, decking and cladding all in Australian native hardwood timber species.

Boral Timbers Australian Hardwood Cladding and Lining Board Range has recently been released, providing an attractive, durable and economical way of finishing the exterior or lining the interior of new and old buildings. A versatile building material, it is suitable for a range of residential, multi-residential and commercial applications. For more information see http://www.boral.com.au/timber

Boral Timber are sponsoring the Residential Class 1 - Alterations and Additions category in 2015.

Briggs Veneers

Briggs Veneers commenced production in 1908 and is one of Australia's major suppliers of decorative veneer (in leaf and joined layon form), reconsituted veneers, premium rotary veneers, flameblock fire-retardant MDF, glue thread and paper tape for veneers. Briggs offers a full range of more than 140 quality timber veneers, including TrueGrain reconstituted timber veneers and eco-cert environmentally certified veneers.

Briggs is a family owned company, the descendants of the company founder still being actively involved in the business. They are proud to have pioneered the use of Australian sustainable hardwoods for veneers and passing the strict environmental guidelines which are required. All of their natural timber veneers are hand selected at their source.

Briggs Veneers are the sponsor of the Fitout Featuring Decorative Sliced Veneers.
 
New Awards for 2015 + Introducing our Awards Sponsors + WoodSolutions Seminars in March E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00
2014 Small Budget Project Award - WilderCoyle Furniture and Design - House of Cupboards
2014 Small Budget Project Award - WilderCoyle Furniture and Design - House of Cupboards. Image: WilderCoyle.
We have added two new awards for 2015:
  • Landscape sponsored by ITI/Design Pine
    Landscaped commercial, public or residential outdoor space that features timber.
  • Class One Residential - Alterations or Additions sponsored by Boral
    A single-family dwelling or a single townhouse/villa that has been altered or added to featuring timber.

Entries have opened for 2015 - do you have your entry in yet?

Get started by reading through the entry categories—We're certain you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to begin your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time up until the close of entries), sign up for the 2015 Awards!

Please contact Jane Letteri, Awards Coordinator if you have any questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 8424 3702.

Introducing our Awards Sponsors

With each newsletter we will introduce you to our sponsors for 2015. In this post we would like to introduce you to the Amercian Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) who have joined us this year sponsoring the Interior Fitout - Commerical category and APR Detailed Joinery, a returning sponsor.

American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the US hardwood industry and represents exporters of US hardwood products and all the major US hardwood production trade associations. AHEC role is ensuring that architects, specifiers, designers and end users have information on the range of species, products, environmental credentials and sources of supply to enable them to make informed choices about the materials they use.

American hardwoods continue to grow in popularity in Australia, with 2014 a record year of imports of American hardwood lumber into the country. The popularity of American hardwoods stems largely from the range of aesthetically distinct species from which designers and architects can choose—from the pale hued, distinctively grained American white oak, a perennial favourite, to the classic rich quality of American walnut or to the marble-like tones of American tulipwood—all of which are available in Australia in high quality grades. American hardwoods also benefit from proven environmental credentials, derived from a resource that has been sustainably managed for generations and continues to grow in size even as global demand for American hardwood increases.

Australian Timber Awards entries that use American hardwoods will benefit from added publicity throughout AHEC's global communications network.

APR Detailed Joinery

Since 1987, APR Detailed Joinery have been the industry’s forerunner in the specialised manufacture of bespoke prestige corporate and exclusive residential furnishings. Their unique offering incorporates a comprehensive start-to-finish service that includes: design consultation & development, prototyping services, production drawings and complete in-house manufacturing from start to finish. With an astounding variety of unique materials and finishes to integrate with the pieces they create, as well as environmentally conscious options, APR really do embody their motto of "The Total Solution".

Woodsolutions Seminar in Adelaide - March 2015: Innovations in External Glulam and Bushfire-resisting Timber Windows and Cladding

Date: 12 March 2015
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This free WoodSolutions seminar will showcase a range of current and new innovative approaches for external timber use in applications with industry experts providing the details needed for specification and presenting examples that showcase these products. Download the flyer.

Woodsolutions Seminar in Sydney and Canberra - March 2015: Innovations in the Use of Timber

Sydney - 25 March 2015
Rydges Parramatta, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Canberra - 26 March 2015
Master Builders ACT, Canberra, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

This free WoodSolutions seminar will showcase a range of current and new innovative approaches for external timber use in applications such as cladding and engineered columns and beams. Industry experts will provide the details needed for proper specification of hardwoods, modified acetylated wood as well as glulam and will present some of the excellent projects that showcase these products. Please contact Jane Letteri f you have any questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 8424 3702.
 
2014 Australian Timber Design Award Overall Winner E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00
2014 Australian Timber Design Award - Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) - Dandenong Mental Health Facility
2014 Australian Timber Design Award - Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) - Dandenong Mental Health Facility
The winner of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Award was Dandenong Mental Health Facility, designed by Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group). The project is notable for the manner in which timber deinstitutionalises the hospital building and contextualises it within a suburban environment. The Dandenong Mental Health Facility is the largest mental health facility in Victoria and has typically been a stigmatised entity characterised by an ageing and lacklustre built environment, closed to the outside and anonymous in character.

The design, constructed in two stages, is based on a series of linked pavilions, surrounding internal glazed courtyards. The extensive use of natural timber internally in walls and ceilings and externally in cladding and exposed structure gives the buildings a residential, suburban character which is enhanced by carefully landscaped courtyards and external garden areas. The pavilions also form a courtyard, avoiding the need to construct high institutional security walls.

Durability was of concern, therefore blackbutt timber was chosen for external cladding and exposed columns. Timber—new and recycled—was selected to provide warmth, texture, patterning, tactility and a non-institutional feel. The timber is durable, low maintenance, and has begun to age gracefully.

Seven variations of timber cladding are used, each with its own texture and appearance, varying from ship-lapped solid timber boards to vertical timber fins. This texture and grain gives variation to the buildings when viewed from a distance. The changes in texture accentuate and articulate the forms of the pavilions and break up the scale of the buildings.

Judges comments: The attention to detail is exceptional, clearly demonstrating an understanding of timber design. The buildings and surrounds are an elegant complement to their environment. The judges particularly commented on the understanding demonstrated by the design team of the health benefits of wood.

The Australian Timber Design Award is sponsored by WoodSolutions, our Platinum Sponsor.

Get ready for 2015: Entries for the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards open on 10 February 2015. We look forward to another exciting year of entries celebrating the use of timber in projects by design profressionals. Please contact Jane Letteri, Awards Coordinator if you have any questions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 8424 3702.
 
Interior Fitout Award + WoodSolutions Seminars E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00
2014 Interior Fitout, Residential - Carterwilliamson - Spiegel Haus
2014 Interior Fitout, Residential - Carterwilliamson - Spiegel Haus
The Interior Fitout - Residential award recognises the best use of timber in a fitout of a new or existing (renovation) Residential Class 1 building.

The 2014 winner was Spiegel Haus by Carterwilliamson, a thoughtfully crafted home in Sydney’s Inner West that celebrates the warmth, robustness and diversity of timber. The home incorporates many timber elements, most notably a striking Grey Ironbark staircase. This staircase sits at the very heart of the house, connecting all three levels of the home and showcasing the inherent beauty of timber through fine detailing and construction.

The warm, earthy tones of the stair counterpoint the glossy black exterior tiles, mirror-lined void and polished concrete floors. This contrast is also evident in the kitchen, where a Blackened American Oak veneer gives a textural contrast to the smooth marble benchtop.

This home was designed for a family with two young children, so it was important that it be able to withstand the rigors of family life. As such, v-jointed pine lining boards replace traditional plasterboard cladding for the walls and ceilings. These not only look beautiful but are robust and durable.

Timber is wonderfully tactile and good to touch. It has been specified for many high-use elements in this project -- such as kitchen doors, sliding doors and windows and the stair balustrade.

Judges comments: The project details are aspiring, sophisticated and elegant, and the joinery work was beautifully done.

Finalists for 2014 in this category not including the winner were:
  • Camden Road Residence by Neil Architecture
  • Paddington House by PIDCOCK - Architecture + Sustainability
  • River House Extension by JOP Designs

NB: Shaun Carter, Principal of Carterwilliamson, will be a guest speaker at the Timber and Interior Seminar on 13 November 2014 (see below for details).


2014 Interior Fitout, Commercial - Those Architects with End of Work - Ansarada Office
2014 Interior Fitout, Commercial - Those Architects with End of Work - Ansarada Office
The Interior Fitout - Commercial award recognises the best use of timber in a fitout of a commercial space e.g. an office, shop, or foyer.

The winner for 2014 was Those Architects with End of Work for Ansarada Office. The design for Ansarada Office met the client's request for a sophisticated yet simple aesthetic that would represent their brand ethos. The design team had inherited a heritage building with significant historic value, so this was a difficult challenge to meet.

The existing material mix of raw brickwork, rustic timber columns, beams and flooring gives the space a very robust appeal that is responded to in a sophisticated manner using highly refined timber products in a contrasting colour palette. This results in a fitout that maintains an architectural dialogue between the new and the old and which clearly displays the sophisticated yet simple mantra of the client’s brand. The design celebrates the historical use of the timber structure by leaving it entirely exposed while demonstrating the highly sophisticated use of timber products in the new architectural elements.

The fitout is the global headquarters of tech company Ansarada. The project consists of workstations, quiet rooms, a boardroom, a video conference facility, a gym, a kitchen, a reception, meeting rooms and breakout areas.

The fitout primarily consists of maple-faced veneered plywood with a triple whitewash finish that juxtaposes the dark hardwoods of the existing building structure. The panels are perforated in a specially designed pattern in many places to enhance the acoustic performance of the open-plan space.

Judges' comments: The project features a clever use of materials to define space in a minimalist way. The spaces are defined, with the original and the new working well together. The office space exudes a sense of calm.

Finalists for 2014 in this category not including the winner were:
  • CBRE Melbourne Office by WMK Architecture
  • Manly Phoenix - Hotel Steyne by GroupGSA
  • St Mary's Church Thornbury by Paolo Pianezze Architect


WoodSolutions Free Seminar in Sydney - 13 November 2014

Date: Thursday 13 November 2014
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
Time: 1:15pm for registration for a 1:30 to 4:30pm seminar Cost: No cost for design or building professionals and students CPD : 3 Formal CPD points available for architects

Guest speakers include:
Simon Barr - Senior Associate of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)
Shaun Carter - Principal of Carterwilliamson Architects
Criswell Davis - sponsored by American Hardwood Export Council
Robert Breda - Director of APR Detailed Joinery
Petra Stich - Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board

This free seminar will explore how timber is used in residential and commerical interior applications. Speakers include experts on American and Australian Hardwoods, an experienced timber joiner, designers of award winning residential and public building projects; presentation include an update on the development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Australian Timber products for Green Star rated interiors.

Download more information and a registration form or contact Jane Letteri on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 02 8424 3702.
 
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