Innovative and outstanding were words to describe the not only the winners of this year’s New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design awards but all the entries received. However, there is only one winner and this year the Resene Supreme Award went to the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library which was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Source: Timberbiz
Runner up overall was the Cymon Allfrey Artchitect’s Family Bach in Hanmer Springs which is a group of buildings with shared common spaces, this also took out the CHH Woodproducts Futurebuild Residential Architectural Excellence Award. The award recognised the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project.
Te Wharehou Waikaremoana by Tennent Brown Architects took out the Commercial Architectural Excellence award sponsored by TimberLab Solutions for the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment.
The Engineering Innovation Award was won by Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism in collaboration with MOTM, dunning Thornton and eCubed for their Mt Pleasant Community Centre. The award was sponsored by the NZ Timber Design Society. It recognized the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive technical/structural solution in a residential, commercial, industrial or public building.
Nelson Pine industries’ Excellence in Engineered Wood Products category was won by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects for the Plant and Food Research’s Seafood Research Centre with Wellington International Airport commended for its curved structural forms. This was for the innovative use of EWPs, resulting in a distinctive impact of the EWP properties and aesthetics on a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment.
The Exterior Innovation & Infrastructure award sponsored by Niagara was won by Kumutoto Site. This award recognized any wood or wood panel product that forms the exterior of a structure be it residential or non-residential which highlights the versatility and flexibility of wood while enhancing the buildings aesthetic.
The NZ Specialty Timber category was sponsored by NZ Farm Forestry and taken out by Pukapuka Road House.
The XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building Award was a new category for these awards and required projects to be a minimum of three stories high. It was won by the Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village designed by Logic Group Ltd, Mason & Wales, Naylor Love, Kirk Roberts, Tricia Consultants. This was a five storey all timber building.
SCION’s sponsored Wood & Fibre Creativity Award was for original and innovative uses of wood fibre (solid wood, manufactured products) in unusual or unexpected applications which make great use of the fibre propertie eg tiny house design gems, chemical or process innovations. It was won by the Te Wharehou Te Wharehou Waikaremoana.