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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! All entries into the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards are now in and the winners have been announced! The 16th annual Australian Timber Design Awards open in February 2015.

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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.
 
2014 Commemorative Magazine + Rising Star + WoodSolutions Seminars E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
2014 Rising Star - Ricky Booth of Wolveridge Architects - Eltham South, Blairgowrie
2014 Rising Star - Ricky Booth of Wolveridge Architects - Eltham South, Blairgowrie
The Australian Timber Design Awards 2014 Commemorative Magazine is now available online or as a hard copy by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rising Star 2014 Award Winner

Each month we will feature one of the Australian Timber Design Awards winners, giving details of the project and comments from judges.

October commences with the Rising Star Award. This Award recognises young designers who have contributed considerably to the design of a project. To be eligible the designer must be the lead individual on the project, not just a part of a team contributing to a design, and the entrant must be aged 35 or under or be enrolled in fulltime study on the project completion date.

In 2014, our winner was Ricky Booth of Wolveridge Architects for Eltham South, Blairgowrie. Ricky was involved from project concept to completion; through the stages of the project he worked with Jerry Wolveridge and their clients on material choice. After considering the brief, the scale and the location of this project, Ricky felt that timber was the appropriate choice both internally and externally. From the outset the use of timber was specified as a way to create a sophisticated home that was comfortable, fun and durable.

Judges' Comments

The judges noted there was an exceptionally strong field of applicants this year. They were extremely encouraged to see young designers at the forefront in the use of timber; they hope that these designers will suport the timber industry into the future.

The judges found that the Eltham South, Blairgowrie project's detailing showed maturity beyond the age of the designer. They were particularly impressed with the contrasting use of timber to express the change from project interior to exterior. They also noted the interesting light and shadows created by the screens used as walls and roof coverings. They found the bold use of rustic recycled timber wall linings and the timber detailing astonishing, showing the designer's understanding of the materials at his disposal.

Finalists 2014 Rising Star, Excluding the Winner

Convertible Courtyards by Christopher Megowan
Little Austinmer by Alexander Symes
Lofthouse by Amy Clark
The Eyrie, Westgarth by Ben Callery

Free Timber and Interior Seminar

Join us for Timber and Interior Design Seminar 2014. This free seminar will explore how timber may be used in residential and commercial interior applications. Presenations include expert technical speakers on American and Australian hardwoods and joinery, designers of award winning projects -- and an update on development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Australian timber products for Green Star Rated interiors.

Speakers include:
Simon Barr - Senior Associate from 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

Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
Time: 1.15pm for 1.30 to 4.30pm seminar

Certificates of attendance for all participants and formal CPD points for architects
Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 02 8424 3702 for further information
 
Australian Timber Design Award 2014 Winner Announced E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
2014 Overall Winner - Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) - Dandenong Mental Health Facility
2014 Overall Winner - Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) - Dandenong Mental Health Facility
The winners of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced on Thursday 18 September at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney. The overall award went to Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) for Dandenong Mental Health Facility.

This exceptional project comprises 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 structures gives the facility a residential, suburban character. This is enhanced by carefully landscaped courtyards and external garden areas.

Many well-known individuals from government, the timber industry, and the design community were on hand to enjoy the presentation night—the premier event in the Australian timber-design calendar.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Awards. This has been one of our biggest years to date, enjoying a great deal of public interest. The success of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards—Australasia's foremost timber design and architectural awards—is due to you.

See all the winners and finalists
 
Timber Design Awards Presentation Night: Tickets now on sale E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
2013 Interior Residential - Fox Johnston - Balmain House
2013 Interior Fitout, Commercial - Dreamtime Australia Design - Grain (bar), Four Seasons Sydney
Get in before it's booked out! The 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards evening will be held on 18 September 2014 at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney—a beautiful setting for a memorable night.

The winners of the 15th annual Australian Timber Design Awards will be announced at this prestigious event. The evening will consist of a fantastic three-course meal and the MC for the evening will be Rebecca Gilling, Human Resources and A/V from Planet Ark and well known Australian actress. This is a great opportunity for architects and designers to network and mix with their peers.

Tickets to the presentation night are $165 a head and are heavily subsidised by our sponsors. Tickets can be purchased here or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information contact Jane Letteri on 02 8424 3702.

Details of the evening
Date: 18 September 2014
Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum
Address: 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Time: 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks for a 7:00 start of dinner and presentations
Dress: Smart Casual
RSVP: 29th August 2014

One more thing: Voting for the People's Choice Award closes 15 August 2014.
 
Voting for People's Choice Award now open! E-mail
Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00
2013 Interior Residential - Fox Johnston - Balmain House
2013 Interior Residential - Fox Johnston - Balmain House
Entry closed on 27 June for the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards; we are now busy collating the text and images from this year's projects so that the judging process can begin. The quality of the entries is very high -- our expert judging panel will have a difficult job selecting the winners of the various categories.

Voting opened on Monday 28 July for the People's Choice Award. This is your chance to view all entries into this year's Awards and to vote online for whichever entry you like best. We have a fantastic field of entries this year, so we are certain you'll find a project to suit your taste.

The winners of the People's Choice and all Australian Timber Design Awards categories will be announced at the presentation evening on Thursday 18 September at the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney—please mark the date in your diary!

Vote now in the People's Choice Award
 
Mass Timber Seminars in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00
Clare Design and Hayball - Library at the Dock - Image: TDA
Clare Design/Hayball and Lend Lease - Library at the Dock - Image: TDA
A series of free WoodSolutions seminars will shortly be held to explore how mass timber systems are being used today in multi-residential, commercial and public building applications in Australia. The dates are:

- Melbourne - 30th May
- Canberra - 3th June
- Adelaide - 4th June
- Sydney - 12 June

The seminar highlight will be Kerry and Lindsay Clare of Clare Designs discussing design and construction aspects of the new Library at the Dock building. This CLT and glulam structure was built by Lend Lease around the corner from the overall winner of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards, Forté Apartments in Victoria Harbour. Like Forté, Library at the Dock is a standout example of Australian timber design.

Industry experts will also speak on innovative use of LVL, cross-laminated timber buildings, acoustic floor systems for commercial and multi-residential buildings and modern timber connectors. Product and service suppliers will be on hand to discuss the solutions they can provide.

Details of the Melbourne seminar (30 May)

Details of the Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney Seminars (3rd, 4th and 12th June)
 
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