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NZ Wood Resene Gala Awards 2017 Winners Announced!

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards feature 21st century technology.

From extensive use of LVL and CLT in homes to multi-storey commercial buildings, this year’s entries for the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards showed modern applications of wood are providing cost effective solutions for asset owners, says Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) Promotions Manager Debbie Fergie. Winners were announced at a gala function in Auckland on March 9th.

Entrants competed within nine categories covering residential and commercial architectural excellence, innovation and a new section for student innovation.

“With timber’s structural advantages often providing equivalent strength to steel and concrete for significantly lighter weight, and the technology to safely build up to 18 storeys, timber is an ideal material for architects and engineers to confidently specify across commercial as well as residential builds,” she says.

Not surprisingly, Christchurch entries dominated this year. Timber’s lighter weight on fragile, liquefaction-prone soils, its ability to flex in an earthquake and its superior fire resistance make it an ideal structural material beyond its natural aesthetic – which owners often want displayed.

The Resene Supreme Award went to Cathedral Grammar Junior School in Christchurch, submitted by Ruamoko Solutions with Andrew Barrie Lab, Tezuka Architects, Ohno Japan and Contract Construction.

“Cathedral Grammar stands out as an example of what can be achieved with effective collaboration and innovation in timber design, fabrication and construction,” said judges. “The expression of the structural timber frames at a human scale is inviting, and promotes a tactile response from young occupants.” This entry also won Timberlab Solutions Ltd’s Commercial Architectural Excellence section and was highly commended in the XLam NZ/Nelson Pine Industries’ Engineering Innovation category. “Outstanding BIM modelling and CNC machining was used to craft an integrated spatial and structural delight for its young occupants.”

Winner of the Carter Holt Harvey Residential Architectural Excellence Award was the Point Wells Gables opposite Omaha, designed by Aaron Paterson and Steven Lloyd of the Paterson Architecture Collective, Steven Lloyd Architecture and Glamuzina Architects. Judges needed to consider its innovative aspects in design, material selection, context, built form, sustainability and its solution vs. complexity and commented, “The use of traditional timber technologies, highly manipulated and carefully detailed, achieves high emotional impact.”

Highly commended in this category was the Torea Studio in Mapua, Nelson of which judges said, “CNC machined CLT wall and roof panels are used to generate an energetic and lively form.” The total-timber “Pak 2” holiday home in Pakiri, Auckland submitted by Box TM, impressed judges with its simple pavilion form.

Innovative uses of engineered timber featured strongly throughout the competition, and the NZ Timber Design Society-sponsored Engineering Innovation category provided many examples. Bealey Avenue Lodge was the eventual winner.

Submitted by RM Designs, judges pointed out this was the first large scale commercial application of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in New Zealand. It was considered ground breaking in terms of its application of solid timber and structural engineering while complying with the NZ Building Code and local construction practices.

The Innovation of Student Design Award was won by two University of Auckland students – “Marking the Journey of Tatau” (tattooing) from Amanda Wijaya is described as a progression through a building likened to the three stages of tatau – the stretching, the tattooing, and the transition to adulthood, enhanced by the louvered and coffered rafters, ceiling and panels.

The second winner was a multifunctional pavilion by Louie Tong. “Rigorous mathematical and geometrical analysis has informed a student design and build project at Henderson High School, which can be seen as a deliberate provocation to engage students’ imagination and interest in mathematics, material and construction,” say judges.

Keynote speaker at the awards was Daryl Patterson, Head of Operational Excellence, Property at Lendlease, Sydney. He spoke about the benefits of using CLT in tall timber buildings and also presented on mass timber construction at events in Christchurch and Auckland the following week.

Winner: Resene Supreme Award – Cathedral Grammar Junior School entered by Ruamoko Solutions, Andrew Barrie Lab., Tezuka Architects, Ohno Japan, Contract Cnstruction.

To view the full list of 2017 WINNERS, HIGHLY COMMENDED AND FINALISTS: Click here