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Awards Winners 2016

2016 Overall Winner :: JAWSARCHITECTS :: Three Capes Track Cabins

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Awards Winners 2015

2015 Overall Winner :: John Wardle Architects & NADAAA in collaboration :: Melbourne School of Design - The University of Melbourne

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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 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards closed on 1 July 2016. Finalists selected by our panel of judges and all category winners, including the people choice award, were revealed at the Awards Presentation Night function held at Sydney's Luna Park on Thursday 15 September 2016.

The Australian Timber Design Awards are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers and 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.

Any new information about the start of the Australian Timber Design Awards for future years is now to be accessed on our new website.


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Vote now in the 2012 People's Choice Award! E-mail
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 00:00
A selection of images from the 2012 People's Choice Award
A selection of images from the 2012 People's Choice Award
Voting has opened for the 2012 People's Choice Award! Members of the public may view all entries into the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards (ATDA) and vote online for whichever entry they like best. We have our largest field of entries to date this year, so we're certain you'll find a project that suits your taste. And voting is easy: just click on images to view the projects, select the project you like best, and click the Vote button. Try it now!

Although the public chooses the winner of the People's Choice Award, our expert judging panel will select all other ATDA winners. The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced in late September at the National Awards Presentation night in Sydney.
 
Awards submission deadline extended! E-mail
Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
2011 Interior Fitout Award - Commercial - Highly Commended - Allen Jack+Cottier Architects - Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium
2011 Interior Fitout Award - Commercial - Highly Commended - Allen Jack+Cottier Architects - Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium.
If you haven't had a chance to complete your entry into the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards, don't panic: The submission deadline has been moved to 13 July! This deadline extension will give architects and design professionals still working on their submissions a little extra time to get everything finalised.

If you've already submitted your entry but want to make further changes to it, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll turn the edit facility for your entry back on. And thank you for completing your online submission and sending us your CD of high-resolution images.

This extension accommodates the many requests we've received from architects for extra time in which to track down missing images and confirm timber certification. Veterans of architectural awards know that the final week before a cutoff date can be frantic. We hope this change has made things a little easier on our entrants.

Got a project that you think could be a winner? Have a look at our entry categories and last year's winners. And when you're ready to start on your online entry, fill in a registration. (You may add to and modify your entry up until the new cutoff date, 13 July.)
 
Time is running out! + Breaking the timber ceiling E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
2011 Residential Class 1, New Buildings - Highly Commended - Berlina Projects - Lilypad
2011 Residential Class 1, New Buildings - Highly Commended - Berlina Projects - Lilypad.
There's still time to get your entry in for the Australian Timber Design Awards, but don't delay: Entries close 29 June 2012. And if you've signed up but haven't yet started on your entry, now's the time to get busy! The earlier you get started, the more help we can give you.

If you're having problems with your entry, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may, for instance, want a little guidance on addressing some of the supplementary questions in the online Awards submission facility. The most common problem is with project galleries: Remember to upload a zip file of your images, not of the directory/folder containing your images.

Been working on a project that you think could be a winner? Have a look at our entry categories and our galleries of previous winners. When you're ready to start on your online entry, fill in a registration form. (You may add to and modify your entry up until the cutoff date, 29 June.)

Oh, and one more thing: Here's a great article in the New York Times about how cross-laminated timber (CLT) is "breaking the timber ceiling". We've written previously about ground-breaking projects Stadthaus and Forte. It's good to see a major newspaper getting the word out to the general public!
 
A timber world record for Australia E-mail
Monday, 04 June 2012 00:00
Forté Living in Melbourne Docklands, the tallest timber apartment building in the world
Forté Living in Melbourne Docklands.
To see a construction webcam and more: www.forteliving.com.au
Lend Lease has just released plans for Forté Living, the tallest timber apartment building in the world. Due to be built in the Melbourne Docklands, ten-storey Forté will be one storey higher than England's Stadthaus, the current tallest timber residential building.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is the revolutionary new technology behind mid-rise timber buildings like Forté. Visionaries like former Australian Timber Design Awards judge Michael Green have even designed 30-storey high-rise timber buildings using CLT. And judging from the enquiries we've received, the Australian public is catching on to the structural possibilities of CLT.

To help promote this strong, lightweight and green technology, WoodSolutions has organised a half-day seminar for 20 June 2012 that includes a site tour of Forté during construction. The seminar features Australian and international speakers discussing the latest developments in advanced timber building systems. Places are limited, so book early.

Don't forget: Entries will soon close for the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards. If you've designed a timber-based project that you think might be a winner, just choose a suitable entry category. When you're ready to start your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time), sign up for the 2012 Awards!
 
Predictions for 2012 + Frame Australia E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00
2011 Best Northern Region - Pouné Design - Gwinganna Luxury Villas and Signature Spa
2011 Best Northern Region - Pouné Design - Gwinganna Luxury Villas and Signature Spa
With the 29 June close-of-entries date fast approaching, now is a good time to make a few predictions about this year's Australian Timber Design Awards. We've previously discussed five big trends we've seen over the past 13 years—and yes, those trends are apparent this year too. But other trends are also becoming clear.

The first of these concerns flooring. Based on last year's entries, we expect this year's Awards to feature yet more confident use of engineered wood flooring and of distressed timber and exotic species flooring.

Mixed materials also seem to be in vogue. Exposed timber and stone has been a very popular pairing in recent years. And we're seeing lots of innovative new designs that integrate steel elements with next-generation engineered timber products.

Another clear trend concerns timber connections. Detailing of such connections has of late become increasingly thoughtful and well-informed (see our galleries of winners). We've seen outstanding examples of this among early entries into this year's Awards—and we expect to see more as we approach the 29 June cut-off date.

In other news: registration is now open for Frame Australia 2012, the major national conference and exhibition for engineered timber and building pre-fabrication. This year's focus is on sustainable timber and wood construction systems in residential and commercial buildings, giving particular attention to digital model technologies now revolutionising design and construction. Topics cover green buildings and carbon, building project data integration, engineered wood and structural timber, wood construction systems, prefabricated frame manufacturing… and more.
www.frameaustralia.com

Don't forget: Entries have opened for the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards. If you've designed a project that you think could be a winner, read the entry categories—we're sure you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to start your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time), sign up for the 2012 Awards!
 
Timber blasts from the past E-mail
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00
2003 Overall Winner - B+C Design Group - Bala Residence, Upper MacDonald
2003 Overall Winner - B+C Design Group - Bala Residence, Upper MacDonald
We've gone back in time this week to bring another gallery of past winners to the website. This time, we've added winners from 2003, our fourth year of competition. That's another showcase of the best in Australian timber design for you to enjoy. And we've expanded our Timber Inspiration Gallery yet again, making it easily the largest online gallery of timber in architecture.

We're hoping that all this timber design eye-candy will get you thinking about entering the 2012 Awards. If you've designed a timber based project that you think might be a winner, read through the entry categories—we're sure you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to start your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time), sign up for the 2012 Awards!
 
How to build a skyscraper... out of wood E-mail
Sunday, 01 April 2012 00:00
An artist's impression of Michael Green's Tall Wood timber tower
An artist's impression of Michael Green's Tall Wood timber tower
Former Australian Timber Design Awards judge Michael Green recently completed a thought piece design of a high-rise timber tower that he hopes to see built in Vancouver. Rising 30 storeys, the Tall Wood tower, if completed, would be the tallest timber structure in the world.

Michael has made his design publicly available under a Creative Commons License. This bold move has has really grabbed attention, as Michael's design amounts to an instruction manual for building timber high-rises.

With technologies like cross-laminated timber breaking into markets previously dominated by non-timber products, Michael believes that tall wooden buildings may soon capture the interest of architects globally.

"Really we're at the stage where we're able to start to show what's possible, a bit like that Eiffel Tower moment," says Michael. "That was built when no-one used or understood tall structures, but it showed what could be done…"

Read more at CNN

To stay abreast of new timber technologies favoured by innovators like Michael, our readers may wish to register for the World Conference on Timber Engineering to be held in Auckland July 15-19.

Don't forget: Entries have opened for the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards. If you've designed a timber based project that you think might be a winner, read through the entry categories -- we're sure you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to start your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time), sign up for the 2012 Awards!
 
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