Finalists Announced for 2018 Timber Design Awards

Press Release – NZ Wood

Finalists Announced for 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards

NZ Wood has announced the eagerly-awaited Stage Two Finalists for the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards.

“This is New Zealand’s only timber design award event and allows engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders to showcase innovation using timber,” says Debbie Fergie, NZ Wood’s Promotion Manager. “Both local and international companies look to these awards for timber design inspiration. Our projects are the equal of others worldwide, as this year’s crop of entries proves!”

She explained that competition has once again been extremely close, and judges were hard pressed to make their selections. “We thank everyone who entered the awards,” she said, “and hope you will enter again next time too.”

Stage Two of the judging process will take place on August 7, when category winners and the supreme winner will be decided. All winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Grand Millenium Hotel in Auckland on September 20, 2018.

This year’s judging panel comprises professionals from a variety of engineering and architectural backgrounds, and are all eminently qualified to assess the projects against entry criteria.

Pamela Bell, M.Arch. Founder and Chief Executive, Prefab NZ: Pamela brings experience in architecture, Olympic-level sport, small business development, governance and management. She is a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE’s) Building Advisory Panel that provides industry input to executives and Ministers, and sits on the BRANZ Board that oversees the Building Levy for research towards better buildings.

In 2012, she co-authored the book ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ with Mark Southcombe (Victoria University) and in 2015 launched the PrefabNZ UNIpod design competition for an open-source universally accessible bathroom pod designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications. In 2016, Pamela co-authored a commemorative book on HIVE, New Zealand’s first Home Innovation Village facilitated by PrefabNZ in response to Canterbury’s 2010-2012 earthquakes.

Tim Melville, B.Arch FNZIA. President-Elect, New Zealand Institute of Architects: Tim began his career at a small Auckland practice before gaining work experience in London. When he returned, Tim was a Senior Architect with Jasmax before founding RTA Studio with Richard Naish. He has been a Principal at Warren and Mahoney since 2012.

A specialist in design development, Tim has in-depth knowledge of documentation methodologies and technical systems, plus extensive site and contract management experience. He is a strong communicator and an accomplished team leader who believes that effective collaboration delivers better design outcomes.

He has been an assessor for the New Zealand Registered Architects Board for over ten years, and has served two terms as Auckland Councillor on the NZIA’s National Council.

David Carradine Ph.D, Structural Engineer. President-Elect, New Zealand Timber Design Society: David has worked as an experimental researcher in the field of timber structures for over 15 years, testing everything from single nail connections to full-scale building tests for the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

He came to New Zealand in 2008 to work as a Timber Research Engineer with the Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC) in Christchurch, where he worked with the University of Canterbury team to develop post-tensioned timber buildings for multi-story applications.

David has worked at BRANZ for the last five and a half years as a structural engineer, doing research and conducting tests on a wide range of building products and systems used with timber.

Andrea Stocchero, M.Sc in Architecture from the Università IUAV di Venezia (Italy). Sustainable Architect, Scion, New Zealand: Andrea is part of Scion’s Built Environment team where he is researching wood design and construction technologies, the environmental benefits of using timber in future urban developments, and the social and cultural implications of using wood in the design and construction sector.

Among other tasks he is advocating nationally and internationally for the use of timber building technologies and engineered wood products in relation to environmental sustainability, building multi-performance, human health and well-being.

Andrea is a Member of the Board of the Passive House Institute New Zealand, an incorporated charitable trust aiming to improve public health and well-being through the promotion of healthy and highly energy efficient homes and public buildings.

Finalists selected in the nine categories are listed below.
NB: Finalists in the tenth category, the ‘Innovation of Student Design Award’ sponsored by Juken NZ Ltd, will be chosen by Universities from students’ submitted work presented in their courses. These have different deadlines and finalists cannot be announced until nearer the time of the gala dinner.
Residential Architectural Excellence
Sponsored by Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts NZ
For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project.

Bay House, Auckland: Strachan Group Architects
Family Bach, Hanmer Springs: Cymon Allfrey Architects
Kokomea House, Wellington: Novak + Middleton
Madras Street, Christchurch: Coll Architecture
River Retreat, Taupiri: Edwards White Architects

Wooden Origami House, Tauranga: Will Tatton Architecture
Commercial Architectural Excellence
Sponsored by Timberlab Solutions Ltd
For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment.

He Tohu Document Room, Wellington: Studio Pacific Architecture
Mt Pleasant Community Centre, Christchurch: Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism
St Andrews College Centennial Chapel, Christchurch: Architectus
Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana, Rotorua: Tennent Brown Architects
Wellington International Airport Extension, Wellington: Warren & Mahoney
Engineering Innovation
Sponsored by NZ Timber Design Society
For the innovative use of engineered timber, resulting in a distinctive technical/structural impact on a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment.

Callaghan Innovation Laboratory, Lower Hutt: Chris Moller Architects + Urbanism
Kaikoura District Council, Kaikoura: Graeme Whimp, Design Base, Nelson Timber Solutions
Mt Pleasant Community Centre, Christchurch: Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism
Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village, Dunedin: Logic Group, Mason & Wales, Naylor Love, Kirk Roberts, Tricia Love Consultants
The Pod at Sylvia Park, Auckland: Holmes Consulting
Excellence in Engineered Wood Products
Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries Ltd
For the innovative use of Engineered Wood Products (EWP), resulting in a distinctive impact of the EWP properties and/or aesthetics on a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment.

Clayton Avenue, Auckland: RM Designs
Gateway Pavilion, Waiheke Island: Stevens Lawson Architects
Motu Kaikoura, Hauraki Gulf: Strachan Group Architects
Seafood Research Centre, Plant & Food Research: Jerram Tocker Barron Architects
Wellington International Airport Extension, Wellington: Warren & Mahoney
NEW Category: Multi-storey Timber Buildings
Sponsored by XLam NZ Ltd
At least three floors where the predominant structural material is wood or a wood-based product. These floors may be built upon one or more floors of new or pre-existing buildings constructed from other materials.
83 Abel Smith Street, Wellington: Archaus Ltd
Ara Kahukura, Christchurch: Jasmax
Clayton Avenue, Auckland: RM Designs
Kaikoura District Council, Kaikoura: Graeme Whimp, Design Base, Nelson Timber Solutions
Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village, Dunedin: Logic Group, Mason & Wales, Naylor Love, Kirk Roberts, Tricia Love Consultants
Interior Innovation
Sponsored by Niagara Timber Products
For innovative use of wood or a wood panel product as a signature feature, in a predominantly wood building, adding ambience, flair and practicality.

Family Bach, Hanmer Springs: Cymon Allfrey Architects
He Tohu Document Room, Wellington: Studio Pacific Architecture
Rainbow Corner Early Learning Centre, Auckland: Collingridge & Smith Architects (UK), RABD Family Trust, Pink Construction, Establish, Cosgroves
Shortland Health Clinic, Auckland: Klein Architects
The Willows Early Learning Centre, Christchurch: Collingridge & Smith Architects (UK)
Wooden Origami House, Tauranga: Will Tatton Architecture
Exterior Innovation & Infrastructure
Sponsored by Taranakipine
For any wood or wood panel product that forms the exterior of a structure, be it residential or non-residential, which highlights the versatility and flexibility of wood while enhancing the building’s aesthetic.

Blackley Studio, Tauranga: Architecture Page Henderson

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Hobsonville Point Coastal Walkway Bridges, Auckland: Isthmus Group & Nelson Byrd Woltz
Kumutoto Pavilion, Wellington: Isthmus Group
“The Atmosphere of Joinery”, Auckland: Lingyu Wang with Andrew Barrie Lab
“Timber Cloud”, Auckland: Jing Kun Ye with Andrew Barrie Lab
Tree Villa, Auckland: Matter Architects
NZ Specialty Timber Award
Sponsored by NZ Farm Forestry Association
The use of specialty timber in a manner that best highlights its unique characteristics. This category is open to entries from across the spectrum of NZ grown timber usage from furniture to buildings, facilities to objets d’art.

Gateway Pavilion, Waiheke Island: Stevens Lawson Architects
Habitat Makers, Te Ara Manawa – Hobsonville Point Coastal Walkway, Auckland: Isthmus Group
Kowtow Flagship Interior, Wellington: Makers of Architecture & Makers Fabrication
Pukapuka Road House, Rodney: Belinda George Architects
“The Atmosphere of Joinery”, Auckland: Lingyu Wang
Walton House, Tauranga: John Henderson Architecture

Wood and Fibre Creativity
Sponsored by Scion Research
Original and innovative uses of wood fibre (solid wood, manufactured products) in unusual or unexpected applications which make great use of the fibre properties, eg. tiny house design gems, chemical or process innovations.

Blackley Studio, Tauranga: Architecture Page Henderson
CLT Flooring system, University of Auckland: Reza Masoudnia, Pierre Quenneville
Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana, Rotorua: Abodo Wood
Teardrop camper, Christchurch: Carlton Pezaro Ltd
X-frame system, Wellington: Ged Finch
Innovation of Student Design Award
Sponsored by Juken NZ Ltd
The best three designs selected from each University will be chosen from submitted work presented in their courses. The two finalist students will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to make short presentations at the Gala Dinner Awards in Auckland. NB: Entries in this category are concept designs not actuals, and no details are yet available for publication.

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