Lavish use of timber: Waterfront Tavern wins top design award

H&E Architects for 20 years has built from a clear and central platform.

Wed 25 Jan 23


The Annual Australian Timber Design Award winners for 2022 were announced at the Crown Hotel in Sydney last month, hosted by The Ultimate Renewable brand ambassador Adam Dovile.

Major partner in the awards was WoodSolutions with sponsors, Pentarch Foresty and XLam Australia (silver) with bronze sponsors Binderholz Group, Design Pine, Kennedy’s Timbers, Planet Ark Make it Wood, Responsible Wood, Rubner Holzbau and Theca Australia, and Timber NSW.

Sydney-based H&E Architects won the WoodSolutions first 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.

Sydney-based H&E Architects won the WoodSolutions first prize for its outstanding project Waterfront Tavern,

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

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.

Award winners:

Overall winner: Waterfront Tavern by H&E Architects.

● People’s Choice: Bay Pavilions Arts and Aquatic Leisure Centre by NBRS & Donovan Payne Architects.

● Sustainability:  Modular Classrooms by Betti & Knut Architecture.

● Rising Star: Carly Martin from Akimbo Architecture for Summer Place Pavilion

● Small Budget:  Modular Classrooms by Betti & Knut Architecture.

● Residential Class 1 (new building_: The Hütt 01 Passive House by Melbourne Design Studios.

● Residential Class 1 (alteration or addition): Barwon Heads House by Adam Kane Architects

● Multi-Residential: Iron Creek Bay Farm Stay by Misho + Associates.

● Public Buildings: Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club by Jackson Clements Burrows.

● Commercial Buildings: Waterfront Tavern by H&E Architects

● Interior Fitout (residential): The Pad by Suzanne Hunt Architect

● Interior Fitout (commercial): Walsh Bay Arts Precinct by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

● Stand-Alone Structures and Outdoor Applications: Grampians Peaks Trail Stage 2 by Noxon Giffen Architects.

● Australian Certified Timber/Responsible Wood: Annandale CLT house by Still Space Architecture

● Recycled Timber: Bones House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects.


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