Australian Timber Design Awards Close Friday, July 28, 2023

The awards are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers: to anyone involved in the design or building of structures that feature timber.

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Judging for the 2023 Australian Timber Design Awards is underway, with submissions closing Friday, July 28, 2023.

The Australian Timber Design Awards, now in their 24th year, are distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement. 

Andrew Dunn, CEO of the Timber Development Association and awards organiser, says, “The Awards promote and encourage outstanding timber design.”

“It is open to anyone involved in designing or building structures that feature timber.”

Speaking to Wood Central in May 2023, Mr Dunn has been impressed with the calibre of entrants with the awards open to architects, engineers and building designers passionate about timber use in projects.

“A surge in entries focusing on multi-residential and mid-rise construction is exemplified by the impressive Waterfront Tavern by H&E Architects.”

2022 Excellence in Timber Design Award Winner

In 2022, Sydney-based H&E Architects secured the WoodSolutions prize for its outstanding project Waterfront Tavern, the centrepiece in an artificial harbour within the expansive and master-planned Shell Cover development south of Wollongong.

The Waterfront Tavern, footage courtesy of @FrasersPropertyAus.

It acts as both a refuge for residents and a destination for visitors.

Lavish and broad in the use of timber, the project team demonstrated exceptional craftsmanship and detailing through its undulating forms, exposed interior and exterior surfaces and features.

The form of the building consists of four pavilions of differing lengths resulting in a building that partially cantilevers over the public boardwalk and water below. 

The Waterfront Tavern at Shell Cove was awarded the Overall 2022 Excellence in Timber Design Award, recognizing its outstanding use of timber in building design (Photo Credits: Murray Fredericks, Richard Glover)

Glass and timber finishes compliment the contemporary design of the surrounding area, particularly the marina it ogles from all angles.

Timber is featured extensively in the building’s interiors. (Photo Credits: Murray Fredericks, Richard Glover)

Led by co-directors Chris Grinham and Glenn Cunnington, H&E Architects has for 20 years built from a clear and central platform founded on the delivery of stand-out, enlivened and functional creativity.

Winner for 2022 Glenn Cunnington and Christopher Grinham, from H&E Architects, for Waterfront Tavern.
How to Enter?

Interested participants can register their details (name, company, projects) through the Australian Timber Design Awards.

Registrations are free, but a processing fee will be applicable to make your submission an active participation in the Awards competition.

“We have three different participation categories, a standard fee of $250.00 per single entry, a ‘big entry’ of $350.00 to apply for two categories and a ‘super big entry’ of $450.00 to enter three or more categories,” Mr Dunn said.

There are 11 categories: including commercial, fit-out and joinery, residential, public buildings and standalone structures.

“If unsure of your category, please email your brief description and image to our email, and we will direct you to the correct grouping.”

For 2023, award winners will be featured permanently on the Australian Timber Design website, whilst runners-up and all participants will be acknowledged in the yearly ATDA e-Book.

Entry submissions close on July 28.

Wood Central will showcase past winners leading up to Friday’s closing date. 

For more information about the 2022 awards, please refer to Wood Central’s report from the TDA Awards in November 2022.


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