- Article by Online Editor
Six Australian architecture projects have been recognised at the 2011 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards, rewarding the inspiring and distinctive use of timber in architecture.
Wolveridge Architects’ Hill Plains House, a project in regional Victoria inspired by agricultural construction, was named Best Residential Exterior, while John Wardle Architects’ Queenscliff Residence – also in Victoria – was named Best Residential Interior.
Speaking of the residential entries, juror Susi Leeton said the judges were “moved by the subtlety and honesty of Hill Plains House, while Queenscliff Residence was to us a model example of how complementary materials can be combined to create harmony.”
In the commercial categories, TANDEM Design Studio’s Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, a community building in Melbourne’s Epping, was awarded Best Commercial Exterior, and Circa Architecture’s luxury Saffire Resort in Coles Bay, Tasmania – which features an undulating timber ceiling – was named Best Commercial Interior.
Commenting on the commercial winners, judge Nigel Bertram said: “From the pragmatic design of the sustainable Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, to the complex geometry of the luxurious Saffire resort, we were thrilled with the way the winning commercial projects demonstrated how timber can be used effectively on any scale.”
A new category for 2011, the Young Architect award was presented to Weian Lim from Matt Gibson Architecture + Design for his contribution to the Kooyong Residence, a curving, timber-clad extension to a Victorian house in Melbourne.
The People’s Choice Award was won by Pouné Design for Sanura in Tallebudgera, Queensland.
The annual awards are held to celebrate the use of timber in residential and commercial Australian architecture. Winners are selected for the considered way timber is integrated into a design, adding value to each project and showcasing the versatility of the material.