This project was celebrated by the judges as a standout winner for 2016, also being awarded as the 2016 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards GRAND PRIX prize. As the judges described, the project utilises timber to its fullest from surface to structure. The result is a quality public building that is “both timeless and modern”. Designed on a heritage-listed wharf, the Library is a three-storey lightweight timber building sitting atop the wharf structure. It is constructed primarily from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Glulam and recycled hardwood to achieve a building two-thirds the weight of conventional construction. Environmentally, the building achieved a six-star Green Star rating and optimised passive environmental systems including mixed mode ventilation.
Commendation: Abbots & Kinney
Duality, originality, and craft were the binding elements that formed the overall concept for Abbots & Kinney. The space is split on the diagonal, one side, bespoke timber framing, free of any linings, revealing the structure and construction techniques that are often overlooked. The other side is flushed and painted black. Every joinery item, including the bin, are bespoke elements, every joint was measured against tradition and expressed in a contemporary manner, a true reflection of the client’s craft.
Commendation: Bresic Whitney Hunters Hill
Architect: Chenchow Little
Chenchow Little’s commercial office fit out for Bresic Whitney Hunters Hill explores the innovative use of timber in an open plan office environment. A decision was made to keep the existing shell and services of the tenancy untouched to maximise the height of the space available, conserve resources and provide a unique character befitting the agency’s ethos. The use of American Oak as a continuous floor and wall covering helps to visually connect the internal spaces and create a seamless transition between different areas of the office. American Oak was chosen for its self finishing qualities, durability, resilience and long life, with a matt clear coating used on the timber floor to match the natural finish of the interior walls whilst providing protection.