2019 Australian Timber Design Awards winners

Friday 18 Oct 2019

A spectacular exercise in cross laminated timber (CLT) and stone for the home of James Fitzpatrick of fitzpatrick+partners in Sydney’s Castlecrag, was the overall winner of the prestigious Australian Timber Design Awards (ATDA), held in Melbourne last night.

James Fitzpatrick, the architect and owner, describes The Seed House as “Utilising the latest technologies in engineered timber construction, this healthy home imbues a sense of warmth and comfort. Every bracket and screw is used to inform the overall aesthetic of the home, with materials selected so to develop a patina of use and character with time”.

Constructed primarily from structural cross-laminated timber panels, glulam columns and finished with lining boards, The Seed House wraps the occupants in timber. Adding to this, the joinery and furniture are all made from timbers sourced from the bottom of the hydro lakes of Tasmania.

Species used include celery top pine, huon pine, radiata pine and blackwood. Together they form a backdrop to the owner’s collection of Wegner and Aalto furniture pieces, Danish ceramics and modern art.

The apparent simplicity of the stacked pod design belies the complex geometries, large spans, and cantilevers that required hundreds of hours of computer analysis to create the optimum structural and aesthetic solution which defines the interior forms and finishes. This process led to the development of new detailing and fixing systems to address the unique Australian environmental and construction industry requirements.

The Seed House is a worthy winner in an impressively strong field in the 2019 Awards. The breadth and depth of the entries in the 20th year of the Awards reflects the increasing popularity of wood and wood products in the built environment. A trend that is expected to increase as more mid-rise residential and other commercial projects realise the significant financial, operational and environmental benefits of using timber construction systems.

“I would like to congratulate all the entrants and winners on their excellent work,” said Eileen Newbury, WoodSolutions Program Manager and National Marketing and Communications Manager for Forest and Wood Products Australia, the industry services company that resources WoodSolutions, the Platinum sponsor of the event.

Now in their 20th year, the Awards promote and encourage outstanding timber design. See the full list of winners online at www.timberdesignawards.com.au.

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