Timber Design Awards going strong

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Entries confirm wood’s exciting future - The 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards are in “fantastic” heart given the high quality and numbers of entries received, says Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association’s (WPMA)’s promotion manager Debbie Fergie.

Entries are proving that projects from one end of the country to the other, for private citizens to government departments are all using timber in innovative and interesting ways, she says. “This goes to show just how well architects, engineers and their clients are embracing the possibilities presented by timber, especially engineered timber. It’s an industry whose time has really come!”

The varied entries prove the structural challenges of building in engineered wood are being solved in interesting and novel ways.

“Timber’s light weight and structural integrity have been ideal for use in the Christchurch rebuild and previous awards have reflected this. But now, designers have increasing confidence and are working with other industry partners to produce beautiful structures across the country that can withstand extreme winds or seismic events, says WPMA’s Technical Manager Jeff Parker.

“Our new or revised categories this year have delivered lots of interesting entries, with a higher demonstrated level of sophistication,” Debbie says. The ten categories include residential and commercial architectural and engineering innovation as well as a new multi-storey category and a revised wood and fibre creativity award.

The student design category has delivered more exciting proposals than ever and the future “must be in good heart,” she believes. “It’s going to be an especially hard job for our judges this year!”

Timber’s natural look and feel is being specified more and more. As one 2017 winner said, “Our experience has provided so many good design and financial arguments for using timber in new and exciting ways, that it’s front of mind for almost every project of ours now.”

Stage Two entries (finalists) will be announced in late May.

For more information call Debbie on 021-807 002, or email her at debbie@wpma.org.nz


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