Intergrain Timber Vision Awards winners revealed

Aug 13, 2012
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Above: Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre by NH Architecture. Photo by Dianna Snape.

The 2012 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards winners were announced today, celebrating the valuable role timber plays in Australian architecture and design.

NH Architecture’s Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre in Point Cook, Victoria, took out the Best Commercial Exterior Award. The judges recognised the project for its compilation of exterior timber, as well as its use of timber in a location where it inspires the development of the local community.

Annexe - Art Gallery of Ballarat by Searle x Waldron Architecture. Photo: John Gollings.


Searle x Waldron Architecture’s Annexe at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Victoria received the Best Commercial Interior Prize. The judging panel deemed the project’s use of timber inspired, allowing design acoustics that other materials couldn’t provide. With the use of timber visually connecting the inside and outside components of the building, the judges recognised the project for creating an inspiring public place that expands the Art Gallery’s function space and creates new connections for the heritage-listed building.

Barwon Heads Bridge & William Buckley Bridge by Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design. Photo: Sean McPhillips.


The Best Landscape award went to the Barwon Heads Bridge and William Buckley Bridge by Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design. The project was commended for its contextual properties and response to community wishes, fitting seamlessly within the existing landscape while remaining a striking standalone project.

HANS-house by M.O.D.O. Photo: Ricky Fung.


In the residential categories, M.O.D.O’s HANS-house was voted Best Residential Exterior and the Jarrah Block House in Rushcutters Bay received the Best Residential Interior award. Styled for contemporary living, the HANS-house in Aberfeldie, Victoria, is a bold timber container with an exterior form that responds directly to the different spaces inside. The Jarrah Block House, by Silvester Fuller, was praised by the jury for its highly disciplined compositional approach, and for creating a beautiful communal living space using Jarrah timber as a unifying element.

Jarrah Block House by Silvester Fuller. Photo: Martin van der Wal.


Krystal Brabham, brand manager at Intergrain, said the awards aim to celebrate industry professionals who inspire with innovative timber design.

“The third year of the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards has displayed a strong emergence of new up and coming architects, who impressed the judging panel with the creative use of timber in both public and residential works,” says Brabham.

“It was especially exciting to see designers challenging preconceptions about timber application and properties.”

Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts including John Wardle (Principal of John Wardle Architects and 2011 Intergrain Timber Vision Award Winner), Rowena Marsh (co-founder of MCK and Director of Interiors), Cameron Bruhn (Editorial Director at Architecture Media) and Sarah Nadenbousch (DuluxGroup). Category winners will receive a $2000 cash prize and Intergrain products to the value of $5000.

See below for the full list of winners and commendations.


Winner: Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre, NH Architecture
Commended: Darling Quarter, FJMT

Winner: Annexe – Art Gallery of Ballarat, Searle x Waldron Architecture
Commended: Merewether Surfhouse, CO-AP

Winner: Barwon Heads Bridge and William Buckley Bridge, Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design
Commended: Darling Quarter, FJMT

Winner: HANS-house, M.O.D.O
Commended: Glass House Mountain Residence, Bark Design

Winner: Jarrah Block House, Silvester Fuller
Commended: Glenview House, Matthew Gribben Architecture

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