Friday Offcuts, 21.9.18 || Entries in the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards demonstrated new and different ways to use timber that nevertheless meet all building codes and criteria as well as being beautiful.
Timber industry and design professionals were honoured for their creativity and ingenuity at a gala event that ran in Auckland last night.
“In a market crowded with grand designs and wonderful claims for every construction material, New Zealand timber is proving just how versatile and cost-effective it is,” said Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association Promotions Manager Debbie Fergie. “These Awards have again proved how imaginative design and structural integrity can combine to deliver beautiful timber buildings.”
Judges agreed. “All entries demonstrate a love of expressing timber in its many different applications,” they said. “The real stand-outs were those that went a step further, displaying a mature professional approach, an evocative sophisticated outcome, or a surprising twist.”
Judges were universally delighted with the standard of entries. “The 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards showcase some of the best examples of innovation in timber design that New Zealand has to offer,” they said. “It’s evident there is great collaboration between architects, engineers, suppliers, fabricators and builders to produce some outstanding and highly innovative timber buildings and structures.”
“The remarkable achievements of all contestants show how wood is the perfect material to deliver more sustainable and resilient buildings,” they added. “It’s fantastic to see the growing use of local products such as CLT, glulam and LVL in a broader range of applications with some stunning results.”
Entrants competed within ten categories covering everything from residential and commercial architectural excellence to engineering innovation, multi-storey construction and student innovation. Structural performance and aesthetic excellence were highlighted across all categories.
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Further details of the entries and their images can be seen here on the NZWood website.
2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards category winners:
Resene Supreme Award winner – He Tohu Document Centre within the National Library
Resene Supreme Award commendation – Cymon Allfrey’s Family Bach in Hanmer Springs
Niagara Timber Products’ Interior Innovation Award winner – He Tohu Document Centre
CHH Woodproducts Futurebuild Residential Architectural Excellence Award – Cymon Allfrey’s Family Bach
Nelson Pine Industries’ Excellence in Engineered Wood Products Award winner – Plant and Food Research’s Seafood Research Centre
Nelson Pine Industries’ Excellence in Engineered Wood Products Award commendation – Warren and Mahoney’s Wellington International Airport project
New Zealand Farm Forestry NZ Specialty Timber Award winner – Pukapuka Road house in Rodney
XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building Award winner (new category) – Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village in Dunedin
XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building Award commended – Ara Kahukura
He Tohu Document Centre within the National Library