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2016 Australian Timber Design Winners Announced E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2016 09:42
2016 Australian Timber Design Award - JAWSARCHITECTS for Three Capes Track Cabins
2016 Australian Timber Design Award Grand Prix winner- JAWSARCHITECTS - for Three Capes Track Cabins
The 2016 Australian Timber Design Award Grand Prix was awarded to JAWSARCHITECTS for Three Capes Track Cabins, a series of simple and elegant accommodation facilities along the Three Capes track - a four day walk - that takes in the magnificent scenery of the Tasman Peninsula on Tasmania's south-east coast.

Working closely with The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, JAWSARCHITECTS developed their design to ensure the cabins sit lightly and effortlessly in this dramatic landscape.

Drawing on previous experience with prefabrication and transportable structures, the cabins employ repeated and preassembled timber components. These components were transported by helicopter in 800kg loads, and then assembled 'flat-pack style' on site by a small team of craftsmen.

Ergonomic requirements and structural limitations were considered to determine a regular structural grid.

Timber was the perfect material since it satisfied the requirements of lightness, standardisation and repetition, corrosion and bushfire resistance. Timber integrates well into the bush environment and bushfire resistant species are available for important structural components.

The 17th Awards winners were announced during a Presentation Night held on Thursday 15th of September at Luna Park, Sydney. Many well-known individuals from government, the timber industry, and the design community were on hand to enjoy what has become the premier event in the Australian timber-design calendar.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's Awards. This has been a fabulous year, in which we have enjoyed receiving a diverse field of design entries and great buy-in from the public in choosing their favourite timber design project. The success of the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards — Australasia's foremost timber design and architectural awards — is due to all our competition participants, judges, sponsors, and the public. So thank you again for your support and we hope you enjoyed the experience !

See a full list of all category winners and runners-up
 
2016 Australian Timber Design Awards - CATEGORY WINNERS to be announced in September E-mail
Friday, 19 February 2016 08:24
The finalists for the 2016 Australian Design Timber Awards have been selected by our panel of judges and all category winners, including the people choice award, will be revealed at the 17th Awards Presentation Night function to be held at Sydney's Luna Park on Thursday 15 September 2016. Entries for the competition opened on 17 February 2016 and closed on 30 June 2016.

 
2015 Australian Timber Design Winners Announced E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00
2015 Australian Timber Design Award - John Wardle Architects & NADAAA in collaboration - Melbourne School of Design - The University of Melbourne
2015 Australian Timber Design Award - John Wardle Architects & NADAAA in collaboration - Melbourne School of Design - The University of Melbourne
The 2015 Australian Timber Design Award has gone to John Wardle Architects and NADAAA for the Melbourne School of Design, an inspiring example of complex green design.

The three storey Melbourne School of Design is a showcase of the very best that can be achieved with structural timber. LVL engineered box beams and coffers span its 20 metre wide atrium, acting both as sun shades and structural restraints. Judges were effusive in their praise for the manner in which the timber framed and lined building envelope is suspended from two of the overhead LVL beams.

Timber features heavily also in the decorative elements of the design. The selection and working of the timbers shows exceptional understanding of the material and lends warmth to the complex structural design.

The Melbourne School of Design is listed as a Six Green Star Design and is the first education facility to be awarded the maximum ten Green Star innovation credits. Timber was critical to this, having been used to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the building.

Winners were announced on 17 September at Showtime, Melbourne. Many well-known individuals from government, the timber industry, and the design community were on hand to enjoy what has become the premier event in the Australian timber-design calendar.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Awards. This has been our biggest year to date, with more entries received than ever before and a great deal of interest from the public. The success of the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards—Australasia's foremost timber design and architectural awards—is due to you.

See a full list of all category winners and runners-up
 
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
 
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)
 
Time to get those entries in! E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
A timber floor cassette is lowered into place for a five-storey, 57-apartment timber-framed building in Parkville, NSW.
A timber floor cassette is lowered into place for a five-storey, 57-apartment timber-framed building in Parkville, NSW. Building tall with timber is a central theme of this year's Frame Australia exhibition and conference.
We're now well into the entry period for the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards. Entries are rolling in, and our staff are on the phones non-stop answering architect queries.

We're always glad to help entrants with their project submissions and to answer questions about the Awards. But be aware that as the 27 June entry cutoff approaches, the quantity of enquiries we're fielding will greatly increase. For us to give you the help you may need, we urge you to get your entries in early. To get started, read the Awards entry categories — something there for everyone — and fill out a registration form today!

Frame Australia 2014
If you're looking for some timber inspiration, pay a visit to Frame Australia, Australia's top annual engineered-timber and building pre-fabrication exhibition.

This year Frame Australia takes place on 19 May at Melbourne's Park Hyatt. International speakers will provide global updates on new timber technologies and construction techniques. There has been a lot of interest in this year's exhibition, so be sure to register early.
 
Timber tour ready to go! E-mail
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00
2013 Public Commercial Building - Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects - Village Centre: National Arboretum Canberra
2013 Public Commercial Building - Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects - Village Centre: National Arboretum Canberra
The overall winners of the Australian Timber Design Awards for 2011-13 have now signed up for our week-long tour of the best timber architecture in New Zealand. That leaves just a few spots still open on the tour.

Participants will visit the latest innovative timber commercial buildings -- including World Building of the Year, the Auckland Art Gallery -- and ground-breaking massive timber fabrication plants (CLT, glulam and LVL). This tour is a chance to see up-close the buildings, products and techniques that have captured global interest in Down Under timber design.

The tour runs 16-21 March 2014 and visits Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. Highlights include visits to:
  • The Auckland Art Gallery (World Building of the Year 2013) and many other outstanding timber buildings.
  • The New Zealand Timber Design Awards.
  • The Wood Smart Construction Series Conference (full day).
  • Manufacturers of massive-timber products (the innovations that have made tall-and-wide timber design a reality).

For more information download the tour flyer.

To register, contact Jane Letteri on 02 8424 3700 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /a>.

Only a few spot are now left, so be quick!
 
Enter the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards! E-mail
Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00
2013 Interior Commercial - Dreamtime Australia Design - Grain (bar), Four Seasons Sydney
2013 Interior Commercial - Dreamtime Australia Design - Grain (bar), Four Seasons Sydney
Entries for the 15th annual Australian Timber Design Awards are now open.

This year entries may be considered for seven Application Awards and eleven Recognition Awards (previously the "Best Use Of" Awards). Additional awards include the Sustainability Award, the Rising Star Award, the Small Budget Projects Award—and the very popular People's Choice Award.

Entries close 27 June 2014. Winners will be announced in mid-September 2014 at the Awards Presentation Night in Sydney.

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 2014 Awards!
 
Going Bush comes to the Awards E-mail
Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00
2013 Residential New Buildings - John Wardle Architects - Shearers Quarters
2013 Residential New Buildings - John Wardle Architects - Shearers Quarters
Going Bush, Australia's top TV show about timber and the forest industry, will shortly be featuring winners from last year's Australian Timber Design Awards. Tune into the 7Two network on 15 February to watch Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart interview top designers and visit winning projects.

The Going Bush team first turn their attention to The Waratah Studio, the highly unusual winner of the 2013 Outdoor Standalone Structure Award—and winner of the top prize at the Chelsea Flower Show.

They then pay a visit to Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation and Indigenous Culture Centre, the winner of the 2013 People's Choice Award.

And the show ends with Forte, last year's overall winner, a world-class example of what can be achieved with engineered timber.

Don't miss this episode of Going Bush. It's a great showcase of modern timber design—and a demonstration of the sort of publicity available to winners of the Australian Timber Design Awards.

Planet Ark joins the Awards
We welcome Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign as sponsor of the Sustainability Award of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards.

This distinction award recognises best use of sustainable design principles, with criteria that consider all aspects of building sustainability. The award will demonstrate how timber has contributed to sustainable outcomes.
 
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