Thursday, 19 December 2019 15:09

Winners of the 2019 wood awards

    The winners of the annual Wood Awards were announced at a ceremony held on 19th November at Carpenters’ Hall in London. Here, Inex runs through 2019’s winners and looks at the commended projects.

    1. Cork House:

    Gold Award & Private Winner

    Cork House is built almost entirely from cork and timber. Monolithic walls and corbelled roof pyramids are built with load-bearing expanded cork made from the bark of the cork oak tree, a byproduct from wine stoppers. The house, which is adorned with five skylight-topped ziggurats, is a prefabricated kit of parts. Blocks of expanded cork were CNC-machined off-site and then assembled on-site by hand without mortar or glue. All 1268 pure cork blocks will be available at end-of-building-life as either biological or technical nutrients.

    Location: Eton
    Architect: Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton
    Client: Matthew Barnett Howland and Dido Milne
    Structural engineer: Arup
    Main contractor: Matthew Barnett Howland with M&P London Contractors
    Joinery: Whyte & Wood
    CNC machining of cork blocks: Wup Doodle
    Internal joinery: Nic Rhode Furniture
    Furniture: Tom Graham Workshop
    Wood supplier: NFP Europe
    Wood species: Portuguese cork oak, New Zealand pine, Estonian spruce, American/Canadian western red cedar, Austrian spruce and American white oak

    2. Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’:

    Commercial & Leisure

    Striking the right balance between heritage and 21st-century life, the transformation of the Royal Opera House reimagines the world-renowned home of ballet and opera. Improved access and transparency, a completely new Linbury Theatre and new foyers, terraces, cafes, bars, restaurant and retail facilities extend the building’s life outside of performance hours. At entrance level, subtle timber elements inlaid in the stone floor offer a warm welcome.

    Location: London
    Architect: Stanton Williams
    Client: Royal Opera House
    Structural engineers: Arup, Robert Bird Group
    Main contractor: Swift Crafted
    Joinery: Birmingham Veneers, TT Gillard, Thornell Veneers
    Construction manager: Rise
    Wood supplier: Missouri Walnut LLC
    Veneer supplier: Reliance Veneer Co
    Wood species: American black walnut

    3. Cambridge Central Mosque:

    Education & Public Sector The first purpose-built mosque in Cambridge is a calm oasis of contemplation within a grove of trees, inspired by an image of the garden of paradise – with its water fountain symbolising the source of all life. Timber was chosen for its natural, warm and calming qualities.

    Location: Cambridge
    Architect: Marks Barfield Architects
    Client: Cambridge Mosque Trust
    Structural engineer: Price & Myers
    Main contractor: Gilbert-Ash
    Joinery: The Deluxe Group
    Wood supplier: Mayr-Melnhof Holz Reuthe GmbH
    Timber frame engineer and installer: Blumer Lehmann
    Project manager: Bidwells
    Building services and sustainability consultant: Skelly & Couch
    Wood species: European spruce,oak and mahogany

    4. Battersea Arts Centre:


    In March 2015, a fire broke out in the northern half of the 1890s Grade II* Listed building destroying the roof to the largest performance space. The original decorative plaster barrel-vaulted ceiling was completely lost. Rather than replicating the lost ceiling, a contemporary plywood lattice ceiling was conceived.

    Location: London
    Architect: Haworth Tompkins
    Structural engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel
    Main contractor: 8build
    Lattice ceiling joinery: Joinery Fixing and Finishing
    Wood supplier: IBL
    Wood species: European poplar plywood with birch faces

    5. MultiPly:

    Small Project

    MultiPly is a carbon-neutral-engineered timber pavilion, made from hardwood CLT. The vertical maze of stacked modules and staircases creates labyrinthine spaces which intertwine, inviting people to explore the use of wood in architecture and reflect on how we build our homes and cities.

    Architect: Waugh Thistleton Architects
    Client: American Hardwood Export Council
    Structural engineer: Arup
    Main contractor: Stage One
    CLT panel manufacturer: Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC)
    Lighting design: SEAM
    Wood supplier: Glenalmond Timber Company
    Wood species: American tulipwood

    6. House in a Garden:

    Structural Award

    Replacing a dilapidated bungalow built in the 1960s in the garden of an 1840s villa, the house is on ground and two basement floors surrounded by gardens, light wells and skylights. The ground-floor, pavilion-like structure floats, creating distant views through gaps in the city skyline. Wood is used throughout the project: structurally for the roof; as wall, floor and ceiling linings; and for the floating staircase.

    Location: London
    Architect: Gianni Botsford Architects
    Structural engineer: Built Engineers
    Main contractor: New Wave
    Roof structure: ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH
    Joinery: New Wave
    Stair manufacturer: SteelOne srl
    Wood supplier: Roof ZÜBLIN Timber GmbH, Floors, Walls, Ceilings, Stairs Dinesen
    Landscape architect: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
    Wood species: European spruce, birch and Douglas fir

    7. The Kissing Benches:


    The Kissing Benches were made for the newly reinvented Figaro Garden at Glyndebourne. The garden required something that would complement and not draw attention away from the Henry Moore sculpture. These benches are a contemporary take on an old style of outdoor seating, designed to enable people to engage in conversation, embrace or kiss.

    Designer/maker: Alison Crowther
    Client/owner: Glyndebourne
    Wood supplier: Neil Humphries
    Timber conversion: Vastern Timber
    Photography: Jacqui Hurst
    Wood species: English oak

    8. Littoral Chances 1&2


    This unmatched pair of collecting cabinets is based on the beauty of chance composition. Gates is drawn to industrial and agricultural architecture, including jetties and pylons, and the paraphernalia that populates these sites, such as containers and crates.

    Designer/maker: David Gates
    Vitreous enamel on steel panels: Helen Carnac
    Wood supplier: Adamson & Low, English Woodland Timber and Timberline
    Wood species: European oak, bog oak, ripple sycamore, cedar of Lebanon and Douglas fir, American bird’s eye maple

    9. Ian McChesney Bench:


    These highly crafted benches are made in two sizes. The gallery bench is designed to sit in the middle of a room and is 900mm deep to allow for sitting on both sides. The foyer bench is designed to sit at the edge of the room and is 600mm deep to allow for sitting on one side only. The gently pillowed top and bottom give the benches a very natural feel.

    Designer: Ian McChesney
    Manufacturer: Benchmark
    Wood supplier: PB hardwoods and English woodlands timber wood
    Species: European oak or American black walnut

    10. Bio Iridescent Sequin:

    Student Designer

    Bio Iridescent Sequin is a response to the unsustainable shimmering beads and sequins currently used in fashion and textiles. Brunato’s sequin uses bio-technologies to create colourful, shimmering sequins from naturally abundant wood.

    Designer/maker: Elissa Brunato
    University/college: Central Saint Martins, Material Futures
    Bio-engineering wood/cellulose: Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Hjalmar Granberg and Tiffany Abitbol
    Wood species: Canadian softwood Kraft pulp

    11. Anton Mikkonen:

    Student Designer People’s Choice Award

    As a young boy, Mikkonen was fascinated by woodgrain and knots. He would look for knots near each other and create faces and other shapes. With the Udon Stool, Mikkonen has matched the uniqueness of wood grain with a very unique aesthetic. The stool consists of five parts; all CNC routed with a 2D CNC machine.

    Designer: Anton Mikkonen
    University/college: The Sir John Cass School of Art
    Wood species: Ash

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