Wood designs show just the right stamp

A COMMUNITY center in north Melbourne, a seaside resort in Tasmania and a humble Victorian country house were among the six winning projects of the 2011 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards, announced last week.

The awards celebrate the role wood plays in today’s Australian architecture and design.

Weian Lim, 26, of Matt Gibson Architecture + Design, won the first Young Architect category for his work on the design team for this house in Armadale.

In the commercial categories, the winner for the best commercial exterior was Creeds Farm Living and Learning Center in North Epping by Tandem Design Studio, and the best commercial interior was awarded to Saffire in Coles Bay in Tasmania by Circa Architecture.

In the residential categories, Hills Plains House in Metcalfe in Victoria by Wolveridge Architects was named Best Residential Exterior, and Queenscliff Residence by John Wardle Architects won the title of Best Residential Interior.

Creeds Farm Living and Learning Center in North Epping.

Creeds Farm Living and Learning Center in North Epping.Credit:Sonia Mangiapane

Weian Lim, 26, of Matt Gibson Architecture + Design, won the first Young Architect category for his contribution to the design team for a residence in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale.

The jury, which included architects Nigel Bertram and Susi Leeton, and Jason Anderson of DuluxGroup, said each project was distinctly different.

However, “a winning force shared by all was the thoughtful way in which wood was incorporated into each design to add value and showcase the versatility of the material.”

Among the winners in the commercial category, Mr. Bertram said the pragmatic design of the Creeds Farm sustainable living and learning center and the intricate geometry of the luxurious Saffire complex showed that wood could be used effectively at any scale. .

Queenscliff Resience by John Wardle Architects.

Queenscliff Resience by John Wardle Architects.

Among the residential projects, Ms Leeton said: ‘We have been moved by the subtlety and honesty of Hills Plains House, while Queenscliff Residence was to us a model example of how complementary materials can be combined to create a harmony.


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