2017 Australian Timber Design Award winners announced

The 2017 Australian Timber Design Award Grand Prix was awarded to Tzannes Architects and Lendlease for International House - Sydney, which stands at the gateway of the Barangaroo precinct.

International House Sydney is Australia’s first commercial office and largest commercial-scale engineered timber building that uses Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam). The striking look of the high-rise building, designed by Tzannes Architects and engineered by DesignMake Lendlease, demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of urban and commercial architecture. The outstanding partnership team combining developer, design and delivery professionals, made possible in the creation of International House - Sydney to beautifully re-interpret the history of the site for the future of Sydney.

The CLT and Glulam building materials and technology have delivered the same structural outcome at a fraction of the weight would steel and concrete have been used in its construction. Working to very precise tolerances, the structural elements were prefabricated and erected rapidly, resulting in significant savings and zero lost time injuries. Importantly, International House - Sydney demonstrates that the commercial real estate market will accept mass timber construction as a viable and exciting alternative to conventional concrete construction, increasing opportunity for architecture to contribute more effectively to a lower carbon and more sustainable future for urban development around the world.

Congratulations to Tzannes Architects and Lendlease for this great category entry! The 18th Awards winners were announced during a Presentation Night held on Wednesday 25th October at Melbourne Museum, Carlton, Melbourne. Many well-known individuals from government, the timber industry, and the design community were on hand to enjoy what has become the premier event in the Australian timber-design calendar.

Be inspired. Look over the winning designs by, clicking here.

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