Australian Timber Design Awards winners announced

Friday 3 Dec 2021

The vision of the Australian Timber Design Awards is to highlight, advertise, advocate, and develop a timber design ethos through the encouragement and showcasing of superlative timber design in a variety of applications. The submissions for the 22nd Australian Timber Design Awards are exceptional, each submission highlights timber in its own way.

It is evident from this year’s submissions that architects, engineers, and builders are exploring the use, warmth, strength, and versatility that timber has to offer. We applaud the tenacity of each project team that has worked under the challenges of COVID restrictions to complete and submit their projects this year.

The Australian Timber Design Award winners for 2021 were announced this week at a virtual event. Excellence in Timber Design was awarded to dwp Australia & Northrop for Eric Tweedale Stadium.

The use of a mass timber structure in the Stadium is a first for glulam timber in Australia, representing an impressive achievement in timber engineering.

The roof structure design was very ambitious; the main cantilever spans 8.5 m over the spectator’s seating, 13.7 m beams span over the multipurpose area and a double cantilevered roof frame at each end of the roof structure. The entire roof slopes west and is supported by 26 - 240 x 380 mm timber glulam columns.

The warmth and the earthy glow of the timber creates a space welcoming to all communities while connecting to its current sporting application. The Stadium is named after Eric Tweedale, the oldest surviving Australian Rugby representative. The Stadium includes a 760-seat grandstand with change rooms, multipurpose rooms, first-floor function space, commercial kitchen, and outdoor viewing deck.

For a complete list of winners and finalists: visit

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