28 November 2017

‘Outstanding mix’ win Wood Awards 2017  

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This year’s Wood Awards winners demonstrate a supremely eclectic mix of innovative and inspiring design, craftsmanship and installation, impressing the judges with the variety and world-class quality of their projects.

 

A coastal home boasting a spectacular timber staircase and sea views, a centre providing comfort to cancer sufferers and a folding chair – these demonstrate the eclectic mix of outstanding timber structures, furniture and product designs that have won this year’s prestigious Wood Awards.

 

The winners were announced last week at a ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall in London, hosted by Johanna Agerman Ross, Founder of Disegno magazine and Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the V&A.

 

TRADA is a proud sponsor of the Wood Awards, the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Wood Awards are free to enter and aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

 

TRADA’s Rupert Scott says: “Congratulations to the winners and highly commended, who impressed judges with the variety and world-class quality of their projects. TRADA is thrilled by the enthusiasm with which the Wood Awards have been met and hopes others will be inspired to enter in future years.”

 

 

 

 

The winners of the Wood Awards 2017 are as follows:

 

ARNOLD LAVER GOLD AWARD & INTERIORS WINNER

 

 

 

Coastal House, Devon, by 6a architects, has been awarded the Arnold Laver Gold Award—the winner of winners. The project is also the Interiors category winner. The judges were seduced by this entry while looking at the shortlisted builds. The interior of this house uses timber in several different ways to create a wonderful home which feels natural and unaffected.

 

Location: Dartmouth 

Architect: 6a architects 

Structural Engineer: Price & Myers

Main Contractor/Builder: JE Stacey 

Joinery Company: Touch Design Group 

Wood Supplier: Traditional Oak and Timber Co. 

Wood Species: French Oak, British Douglas Fir, British Pin   

 

Coastal House, Devon, is an early-twentieth century family home with extensive views of the sea. The house has been transformed by stripping it back to its stone walls. Originally raised on a plinth above a basement, the ground floor has been lowered to the level of the ground. This has increased the size of the rooms and created tall, elongated openings to the outside. A series of oak beams make up the exposed primary structure. The internal spaces have been completely reconfigured. Three floors on the north end of the house connect to two floors on the south. Each space has a distinct volume and ceiling height, with the central stair offering clear views through the whole house. Tapered oak verticals are used as supports throughout, including primary drawing room columns, external veranda posts and the stair spindles.    

 

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COMMERCIAL & LEISURE

 

 

 

The judges selected Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum as the Commercial & Leisure winner as it does something highly unusual – it creates an abstract, numinous space using timber as an expressed structure.

   

Location: Helmsley 

Architect: Simpson & Brown 

Client/Owner: English Heritage 

Structural Engineer: Dosser Group 

Main Contractor/Builder: Simpson (York) Ltd 

M&E: SDS Engineering Consultants 

Quantity Surveyor: RNJ Partnership 

Joinery Company/Wood Supplier: Cowley Timber & Partners 

Wood Species: Scandinavian Spruce 

Photography Credit: Giles Rocholl Photography   

 

The aim of the project was to upgrade the museum building to meet modern curatorial standards, encourage visitors into the ruins and improve facilities. A glulam spruce central hall has been inserted into the existing L-shaped timber visitor centre. Visually the new structural frame echoes the existing columns and arches of the abbey ruins. The frame gradually splays to reveal previously obscured views. The frames are connected by CLT sheeting at roof level and a perimeter edge beam containing concealed lighting and services. These panels are exposed where possible and stained to match the mainframe. The slot windows formed within the vertical CLT panels echo the local timber agricultural buildings and provide discreet views of the terrace. Off-site fabrication solved the problems of a restricted site and tight programme over winter.   

 

EDUCATION & PUBLIC SECTOR   

 

 

 

Maggie’s Oldham was chosen as the Education & Public Sector winner as dRMM have created a sensitive interior that is also a world-first.   

 

Location: Oldham 

Architect: dRMM 

Client/Owner: Maggie’s 

Structural Engineer: Booth King UK 

Timber Advice & Procurement: American Hardwood Export Council

Main Contractor/Builder: F Parkinson 

Structural Timber Subcontractor: Züblin Timber

Machining of Fluted Cladding: Morgan Timber 

Window Manufacturer: Falegnameria Aresi 

Cost Consultant: Robert Lombardelli Partnership 

Wood Supplier: Middle Tennessee Lumber, Morgans Timber and Northland Forest Products (NFL) 

Wood Species: American Tulipwood, American White Oak, American Ash, American Black Walnut   

 

Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres offer free practical and emotional support for people affected by cancer. The design of Maggie’s Oldham is less about form and more about content. Supported on slender columns, the building floats above a garden framed by pine, birch and tulip poplar trees. From a central oasis, a tree grows up through the building, bringing nature inside. Maggie’s Oldham is the first permanent building constructed from sustainable tulipwood CLT. The tulipwood has been carefully detailed to bring out its natural beauty. The slatted ceiling was created from wood left over from the CLT fabrication process, ensuring no waste. Externally the building is draped in custom-fluted, thermally modified tulipwood.   

 

PRIVATE   

 

 

 

The winner of the Private category was Hampshire Passivhaus. The judges were impressed by the design, craftsmanship and attention to detail.   

 

Location: Hampshire 

Architect: Ruth Butler Architects 

Structural Engineer: Price & Myers 

Main Contractor and Joinery Company: Nicholas Coppin Ltd 

CLT Manufacturer: KLH UK Ltd 

Building Services Engineer: Cundall 

Wood Supplier: Timbmet 

Wood Species: European Spruce, European Oak, Siberian Larch   

 

Hampshire Passivhaus is a self-build home on the south coast. It is an L-shaped detached dwelling, creating private courtyard spaces, on a tight brownfield site with multiple neighbours. Spruce CLT panels form the entire superstructure, walls, floors and roof. The spruce panels give a tactile and harmonious quality to the living spaces and bedrooms. The prefabricated CLT superstructure was complete and watertight in just four days. European oak bespoke joinery is used to highlight interior features including the open tread staircase, recessed handrails, worktops and integrated shelves. Externally, the house is clad in Siberian larch rainscreen cladding chosen for its straight grain, uniform texture and durability. The untreated larch ages over a short period of time to become silver, providing a maintenance free finish well suited to the coast.   

 

SMALL PROJECT   

 

 

 

Feilden Fowles Studio was selected as this year’s Small Project winner. The judges praised how simple yet beautifully thought through the project is.   

 

Location: Waterloo City Farm, London 

Architect and Client: Feilden Fowles Architects 

Structural Engineer: Structure Workshop 

Main Contractor and Builder: Miles Builders 

Joinery Company: Timber Workshop 

Wood Supplier: S H Somerscales Ltd 

Wood Species: British Douglas Fir   

 

Feilden Fowles master-planned Waterloo City Farm, a project which included the design of animal pens, creating a sheltered outdoor classroom, and converting a barn into their new studio. The positioning of the studio against the north boundary creates a south-facing courtyard garden. The timber frame structure clad with corrugated Onduline sheets can be dismantled and re-erected when the lease comes to an end. The materiality and approach are redolent of agricultural building forms. To the north the timber frame projects at high level to articulate large lights which run the full length of the space, referencing traditional artist studios and providing generous diffuse light and cross ventilation. The long south elevation is articulated by steel Tcolumns and full-height glazing shaded by the overhanging roof. The 1830mm column grid and 2440mm datum running around the ply-lined interior demonstrate how proportions have been carefully calibrated to minimise cuts and waste.   

 

STRUCTURAL AWARD   

 

 

The Smile was awarded this year’s Structural Award, which was chosen from all the buildings shortlisted in each category. The judges were impressed by the ease with which The Smile rested in place which masked some impressive and complex engineering.   

 

Location: Chelsea College of Art, London 

Architect: Alison Brooks Architects 

Client: American Hardwood Export Council / London Design Festival 

Structural Engineer: Arup 

CLT Manufacturer: MERK Timber GmbH, Züblin Timber 

Main Contractor/Joinery Company: Aldworth James & Bond 

Lighting Designer: SEAM 

Balustrade Joinery: John Stidworthy 

Wood Species: American Tulipwood   

 

Conceived as a habitable arc, The Smile was a 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved timber tube that cantilevered 12m in two directions with viewing platforms at both ends. Up to 60 visitors could enter at one time through an opening where the arc touched the ground. Innovative solutions using long screws were developed, allowing the opening to be in the most highly stressed region. The Smile was the first project in the world to use large hardwood CLT panels, the entire structure was made from just 12 tulipwood panels, each up to 14m long and 4.5m wide. The CLT panels were connected with 7,000 self-tapping screws. At the base, a glulam timber cradle filled with 20 tonnes of steel counterweights allowed the project to be self-supporting. Perforations in the walls, concentrated in areas where there was less stress in the structure, brought dappled sunlight into the interior and dispersed where the timber was structurally working harder.   

 

BESPOKE   

 

 

The winner of the Bespoke category is Time and Texture Installation (‘A Landscape of Objects’). The judges praised the beautiful body of work which shows control and expression of the material.   

 

Location: Chard, Somerset 

Designer and Maker: Eleanor Lakelin 

Client and Owner: Flow Gallery/Somerset Art Works 

Wood Supplier: English Hardwoods 

Wood Species: British Oak, Cedar, Wellingtonia, Sycamore   

 

Time and Texture is an installation of works forming part of ‘A Landscape of Objects’, a site-specific exhibition set in the gardens of Forde Abbey, curated by Flow Gallery for Somerset Art Works. The brief was to reference both the shapes, colours and texture of the gardens and buildings and the importance of water on the site. The installation is formed of three hollowed vessels on rusted plinths and four solid forms designed to show how natural elements erode and work away at materials. Through building up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting away the softer wood, it is possible to show how natural elements and processes layer and colour wood. The wellingtonia and sycamore vessels were turned on a lathe and hollowed out through a small hole. The four solid pieces are sculpted from English oak and cedar. The spherical form was chosen to reflect the natural shapes in the garden. The textures are reminiscent of seeds, pollen and rocks eroded by water.     

 

PRODUCTION MADE   

 

 

The judges awarded the Narin Chair the Production Made award for its elegant, distinctive, logical and comfortable design.    

 

Designer: David Irwin 

Maker/Manufacturer: Case Furniture 

Wood Species: American White Oak and Black Walnut, European Birch   

 

Case wanted to change preconceptions of what a folding chair is: a piece of furniture you would be proud to have on display at any time and not the emergency chair that comes out of the cupboard at Christmas. The Narin doesn’t compromise on aesthetics or comfort despite the folding design. Its smooth, sweeping transition is accentuated through the solid timber turned legs into the formed backrest. The comfortable backrest acts as the pivot from where the back legs rotate. The seat and back are made of a high-grade birch ply with oak or walnut veneer while the rest of the chair is solid wood.   

 

STUDENT DESIGNER   

 

Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award took place at the London Design Fair. 

 

 

 

The category winner was Mark Laban’s Rustic Stool 1.0. The judges praised this interesting new typology that creates a new aesthetic.   

 

Designer/Maker: Mark Laban 

College/University: Central Saint Martins 

Wood Supplier: Whitten Timber 

Wood Species: American Hard Maple   

 

Rustic Stool 1.0 was developed through a process-driven approach to design engaging directly with the manufacturing technique itself: a 3-axis CNC router. Through manipulating the machine's software, unexpected and unconventional surfaces are created. These artificially generated rough textures begin to evoke the raw state of the material in its natural form. The stool is part of Mark Laban's Digital Daiku collection, which interprets traditional Japanese aesthetic principles and explores their possibilities using contemporary digital manufacturing processes. American Maple was used for its fine grain and delicate colouring and tonality.   

 

The People’s Choice Award was given to Damian Robinson’s Hex Drinks Cabinet which was inspired by a bees’ nest found in the maker’s garden.  

 

 

 

Designer/Maker: Damian Robinson (BlytheHart Made) 

College/University: Williams and Cleal 

Hexagonal Template & Brassware Laser Cutting: Luffman Engineering Ltd 

Wood Supplier: Adamson and Low, Mundy Veneers 

Wood Species: British Bog Oak, Fumed Oak, English Cherry, Black Walnut, Tropical Olive, Teak, Olive Ash