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Timber Design Awards

2018 Timber Design Awards finalists announced!

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Entries confirm wood’s exciting future

The 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards are in “fantastic” heart given the high quality and numbers of entries received, says WPMA’s Promotion Manager Debbie Fergie.

Entries are proving that projects from one end of the country to the other, for private citizens to government departments are all using timber in innovative and interesting ways, she says. “This goes to show just how well architects, engineers and their clients are embracing the possibilities presented by timber, especially engineered timber. It’s an industry whose time has really come!”

The varied entries prove the structural challenges of building in engineered wood are being solved in new and interesting ways. Timber’s light weight and structural integrity have been ideal for use in the Christchurch rebuild and previous awards have reflected this. But now, designers have increasing confidence and are working with other industry partners to produce beautiful structures across the country that can withstand extreme winds or seismic events, says WPMA’s Technical Manager Jeff Parker.

“Our new or revised categories this year have delivered lots of interesting entries, with a higher demonstrated level of sophistication,” Debbie explains. The ten categories include residential and commercial architectural and engineering innovation as well as a new multi-storey category and a revised wood and fibre creativity award. The student design category has delivered more exciting proposals than ever and the future “must be in good heart” she believes. “It’s going to be an especially hard job for our judges this year!”

Timber’s natural look and feel is being specified more and more. As one 2017 winner said, “Our experience has provided so many good design and financial arguments for using timber in new and exciting ways, that it’s front of mind for almost every project of ours now.”

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About the awards


The 2017 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. Winners were announced at a gala function in Auckland on 9th March 2017.

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”.

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 and Engco Consulting Engineers, 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.

Daryl Patterson was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on 9 to Noon radio show.  Click here to listen:’plyscrapers’-could-they-challenge-concrete-and-steel

Please see the photos of the award Winners and Finalists: click here

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Find out more about the 2017 Awards .