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2017 Timber Design Awards Winners Announced!

NZ Wood are delighted to announce the Winners for the Resene Timber Design Awards 2017!

NZ Wood had strong support again this year with entries. The stand out this year was multiple entries by architects and designers.

Our Judges jobs were difficult, so the competition was tight with many missing out by only one point. Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all that entered the awards, we hope you will be encouraged to enter again in the future.

This year’s 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 March 9th. Please see the photos of the award Winners and Finalists here

About the awards

This years’ 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 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”.

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:  http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201836382/’plyscrapers’-could-they-challenge-concrete-and-steel

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

Sponsors for the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2017 are:

NAMING SPONSORS: Resene

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE: Carter Holt Harvey

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE: Timberlab Solutions Ltd

ENGINEERING INNOVATION: New Zealand Timber Design Society

EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTSXLam NZ Ltd and Nelson Pine Industries

EXTERIOR INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURESmartClad

INTERIOR INNOVATION: Taranakipine

NZ SPECIALTY TIMBER AWARD: New Zealand Farm Forestry Association

NOVEL APPLICATION OF FIBRE AWARD: Scion

INNOVATION OF STUDENT DESIGN AWARD (NEW): Juken New Zealand

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Ministry of Primary Industries

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: LONZA NZ

COCKTAIL SPONSOR: Red Stag

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS!

To find out more on sponsoring the Timber Design Awards, contact debbie@wpma.org.nz

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