2014 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards

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Nishi by March Studio.

Nishi by March Studio. Image: John Gollings

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University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect and Hassell Joint Venture.

University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect and Hassell Joint Venture. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Camperdown Childcare by CO-AP Architects.

Camperdown Childcare by CO-AP Architects. Image: Ross Honeysett

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Eternity Playhouse by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects.

Eternity Playhouse by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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The Commons by Breathe Architecture.

The Commons by Breathe Architecture. Image: Andrew Wuttke

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Melton Library and Learning Hub by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT).

Melton Library and Learning Hub by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). Image: Trevor Mein

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Port of Echuca Discovery Centre by Jaws Architects.

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre by Jaws Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architects.

Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architects. Image: Michael Nicholson

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Balmain House by Fox Johnson.

Balmain House by Fox Johnson. Image: Brett Boardman

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Eltham South Blairgowrie by Wolveridge Architects.

Eltham South Blairgowrie by Wolveridge Architects. Image: Derek Swalwell

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Stonewood by Breathe Architecture.

Stonewood by Breathe Architecture. Image: Andrew Wuttke

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Bayside Residence by FMD Architects.

Bayside Residence by FMD Architects. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Cabin 2 by Maddison Architects.

Cabin 2 by Maddison Architects. Image: William Watt

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The 2014 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards were announced at a breakfast event on Friday 15 August. The annual awards program recognizes creative and inspired applications of timber in both commercial and residential projects.

From over one hundred entries, thirteen projects were recognized in four categories. Breathe Architecture was the big winner taking out two categories – Best Commercial Exterior for The Commons and Best Residential Exterior for Stonewood House. It’s also the second year in a row the Melbourne practice has been recognized in the awards. In 2013, Breathe Architecture’s Captain Melville hotel won Best Commercial Interior.

“Architects are continuing to experiment with various timber applications to improve aesthetics while considering economical and sustainable effects,” said Amanda Chalmers, Intergrain Brand Manager – Trade. “The winning projects showcase these ideals alongside inspirational timber design and visions.”

Category winners each received a $2,000 cash prize and $5,000 worth of Intergrain products. On the jury were: Scott Walker (Hassell), Elizabeth Watson-Brown (Architectus), Phil White (Dulux Trade) and Cameron Bruhn (Architecture Media).

Commercial Interior Award

Nishi – March Studio

Nishi by March Studio. Image:  John Gollings

Jury comment: The project was awarded for the relaxed impermanent feel and spectacular use of timber as art but also architecture at the same time. The thousands of strategically placed repurposed timber lengths artistically blur lines and direct views, establishing an overall unique identity for this project.

Commendation

University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building – Richard Kirk Architect and Hassell Joint Venture 

Special mentions

Camperdown Childcare – CO-AP Architects

Eternity Playhouse – Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Commercial Exterior Award

The Commons – Breathe Architecture

The Commons by Breathe Architecture. Image:  Andrew Wuttke

Jury comment: The project was awarded for its holistically sustainable and functional aspects, designed to off-set the harsh urbanized conditions of its inner-city location. A great blend of design and functionality, the project utilises timber for all its qualities and advantages including weathering, material longevity and acoustic and thermal absorption.

Commendations

Melton Library and Learning Hub – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre – Jaws Architects

Residential Interior Award

Lilyfield Warehouse – Virginia Kerridge Architects

Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architects. Image:  Michael Nicholson

Jury comment: With seamless integration between old and new, the project was awarded for its honest, strong, muscly response to an old building demonstrating creative timber adaptation to an existing industrial warehouse. Embracing re-cycled timber and materials with natural weathering properties, the re-purposed residence presents a cohesive blend between the existing structure and new design.

Commendations

Balmain House – Fox Johnston

Eltham South Blairgowrie – Wolveridge Architects

Residential Exterior Award

Stonewood – Breathe Architecture

Stonewood by Breathe Architecture. Image:  Andrew Wuttke

Jury comment: Informed by the unique details of its surrounding context and taking inspiration from an 1850’s Georgian cottage, this project was awarded for its transcending qualities and ability to carry theming throughout, noted in the details, Stonewood uses timber to connect the interior and exterior. Overall the home is viewed as warm, handsome and distinct.

Commendations

Bayside Residence – FMD Architects

Cabin 2 – Maddison Architects


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