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Timber Design Awards winners announced

October 19, 2011

Circa Architecture’s Saffire Resort in Tasmania receives top honours at the 2011 Timber Design Awards.

The winners of the 2011 Timber Design Awards have been announced at the annual presentation night, held on 18 October at Chapter House in Melbourne.

The Saffire Resort in Coles Bay, Tasmania was the big winner on the night, receiving the top prize – the 2011 Australian Timber Design Award. The project, a collaboration between Circa Architecture (previously Morris Nunn & Associates) and Chada, is a 20-suite luxury resort overlooking Great Oyster Bay with a dramatic curving roof form inspired by the manta ray.

The judges praised the use of pre-fabricated structural timber in the design, which helped in the construction of the organic curves in the roof design. The project was also commended for the ways in which the project sensitively integrated timber into the setting, with rough sawn finishes reflecting the natural landscape.

Saffire was also the winner of the Public/Commercial Buildings category, the Best Southern Region (TAS & VIC) award and the Rising Star award.

Timothy Moon Architects’ Escarpment House, a rural retreat overlooking the Hawkesbury River with a room poised above the escarpment, was the recipient of four awards, taking out the Best Central Region (NSW & ACT) category, the Residential Class 1 – New Buildings award, the Recycled Timber award and the Timber as a Structural Element award, while Matt Gibson Architecture + Design were awarded with the Residential Class 1 – Best Renovation award for the Kooying Residence in Melbourne.

Other residential winners included Wolveridge Architects’ Hill Plains House, winner of the Sustainability category, Pouné Design’s Gwinganna Luxury Villas and Signature Spa, recipient of the Best Northern Region (NT & QLD) award. FJMT was the winner in the Interior Fitout – Commercial category with their Bayside Police Station in Sandringham, Victoria, while the Interior Fitout – Residential award was presented to Bureau SRH for The Birdcage. The same project was also the winner of the Timber Flooring Award.

Other winners included Hare & Klein, winner of the Small Budget Projects award for Carriage House, and Emergency Architects Australia for their work with the West Ghizo Community on the Ngari Community High School on Ghizo Island in the Solomon Islands – recipient of the International Project award.

The People’s Choice Award was presented to SKM-S2F for AIIM Processing and Devices Building, a microscopy building at the University of Woollongong with an unusual brief for a building with a non-ferrous structure, in order to prevent interference with the faculty’s microscopes.

The complete list of winners and highly commended projects can be viewed at www.timberawards.com.au

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