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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
 
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