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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00
2011 Best Northern Region - Pouné Design - Gwinganna Luxury Villas and Signature Spa
2011 Best Northern Region - Pouné Design - Gwinganna Luxury Villas and Signature Spa
With the 29 June close-of-entries date fast approaching, now is a good time to make a few predictions about this year's Australian Timber Design Awards. We've previously discussed five big trends we've seen over the past 13 years—and yes, those trends are apparent this year too. But other trends are also becoming clear.

The first of these concerns flooring. Based on last year's entries, we expect this year's Awards to feature yet more confident use of engineered wood flooring and of distressed timber and exotic species flooring.

Mixed materials also seem to be in vogue. Exposed timber and stone has been a very popular pairing in recent years. And we're seeing lots of innovative new designs that integrate steel elements with next-generation engineered timber products.

Another clear trend concerns timber connections. Detailing of such connections has of late become increasingly thoughtful and well-informed (see our galleries of winners). We've seen outstanding examples of this among early entries into this year's Awards—and we expect to see more as we approach the 29 June cut-off date.

In other news: registration is now open for Frame Australia 2012, the major national conference and exhibition for engineered timber and building pre-fabrication. This year's focus is on sustainable timber and wood construction systems in residential and commercial buildings, giving particular attention to digital model technologies now revolutionising design and construction. Topics cover green buildings and carbon, building project data integration, engineered wood and structural timber, wood construction systems, prefabricated frame manufacturing… and more.

Don't forget: Entries have opened for the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards. If you've designed a project that you think could be a winner, read the entry categories—we're sure you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to start your online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time), sign up for the 2012 Awards!
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