From our archives: 2004 Australian Timber Design Award - Dawson Brown Architecture - Bungan Beach House
Over the past twelve years, the Australian Timber Design Awards has witnessed a sea change in timber
design. If you're thinking of
entering the Awards,
it's worth being aware of the five biggest trends making up this change:
Sustainability. Public demand for low carbon footprint buildings has seen
unprecedented innovation in Australian timber design. Projects such as Melbourne's
are the way of the future, achieving carbon neutrality through a rich spectrum of timber products.
Engineered wood products innovation. Designers are recognising the structural
and aesthetic qualities of a new generation of engineered wood products -- products that
allow rapid construction of sturdy timber-based buildings. Projects such as
The National Portrait Gallery,
from 2009, indicate the potential of these innovations.
Waugh Thistleton's acclaimed nine storey
exemplifies the use of structural timber in mid-rise buildings. This recent trend is also
evidenced by the growing popularity of two or three storey commercial and multi-residential
timber framed buildings.
Broader palettes. Entries into the Awards have featured increasingly varied
timber palettes. Designers now favour native Australian timber species and naturally
coloured -- rather than dyed -- veneers and panels.
is an industry initiative to provide information on timber and timber products to professionals and
companies involved in building design and construction.
Forest and Wood Products Australia
(FWPA), WoodSolutions is a collaborative effort between FWPA members and levy payers. It is supported by industry peak
bodies and technical associations.
The WoodSolutions website will provide a central repository for all technical and product information on wood and its use in building and construction. It will allow users to easily find information on a topic, from cursory summaries through to detailed technical information.