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The judging panel was wowed above all by the manner in which the Saffire resort responds to its bushland surroundings. The judges noted how the organic curves of the resort roofs rise gradually above the bush like small hills, reminiscent of the gentle peaks of the nearby Hazard Ranges. These complex curves could not have been achieved without the design flexibility of pre-fabricated structural timber – a fact that ultimately gave Saffire the edge over other timber-rich finalists.
Saffire also features stunning context sensitive visual use of timber. Finely finished timber interiors and rough sawn batten screens and boardings reflect the textures and palettes of the surrounding vegetation. And the curves of the wide-span timber ceilings clearly reference the rolling hills outside the resort windows.
Saffire is noteworthy, moreover, for the young age of its design team and for the effective interior design collaboration between Circa Morris-Nunn Walker and Chada.
Winners were announced at the ATDA Presentation Night on October 18 at Chapter House, Melbourne. Major figures from government, the timber industry, and the design community were on hand to enjoy what has become the premier event in the timber design calendar.
Thank you to our judges, our sponsors and, most of all, the many members of the Australian timber design and architecture community who entered projects. The success of the 2011 Australian Timber Design Awards – Australasia's foremost timber design and architectural awards – is due to you.
See below for a full list of all category winners and runners-up. To view full size images, click on the thumbnail images. To read about an entry, click on the project name.
Use the menu on the right hand side of this page to browse through all entries into the 2011 Australian Timber Design Awards.
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Best Northern Region (NT & Queensland)