Top timber: we reveal the 2015 Wood Award winners

The Fishing Hut
Arnold Laver Gold Award winner: The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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Lovers of all things timber need look no further - the ultimate selection of this year's best of the best in wood design has been revealed, in the form of the 2015 Wood Awards (opens in new tab). The annual accolades celebrate outstanding craftsmanship and design in the use of the beloved natural material and this year, as ever, competition was fierce. 

The winner of winners was The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects, taking away the coveted Arnold Laver Gold Award - as well as being top in the awards' Private category. Acting as a place for storing boats and fishing gear, as well as a meeting place and shelter for anglers, the hut wowed the judges with its oak timber cladding and structure. 

Other champions included the Constellations bar by Howard Miller Design in Liverpool (Commercial & Leisure category); the Arcadia nursery by Maclolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh (Education and Public sector category); the studio by Bradley van der Straeten Architects in London (Existing Building category); Bryanston School in Dorset by Hopkins Architects (Interiors category); the Observatory, Study and Workshop by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in various locations across the UK (Small Projects); and the Canary Wharf Crossrail station by Foster & Partners in London (Structural).  

A Special Award was given to the BSkyB Believe in Better Building education facility by Arup Associates, which reflects its company's sustainable aspirations; while furniture, bespoke installations and product winners span new and established names, such as the Endgrain project by Raw Edges, Ves-el by Gareth Neal in collaboration with Zaha Hadid, End Grain Stationary by student Simin Qui and Slatted Chair by student Emma Leslie. 

Announced during a ceremony in the sublimely crafted main event room of the Carpenter's Hall in London and hosted by broadcaster and architectural historian, Tom Dyckhoff, this year's Wood Awards - the 44th of their kind - are here to whet our appetite for true timber excellence.

The Fishing Hut exterior

Arnold Laver Gold Award winner: The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects

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Observatory, Study and Workshop

Small Projects winner: the Observatory, Study and Workshop by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Observatory, Study and Workshop interiors

Small Projects winner: the Observatory, Study and Workshop by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Arcadia nursery exterior

Education and Public Sector winner: the Arcadia nursery by Maclolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh

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Arcadia nursery interior with children

Education and Public Sector winner: the Arcadia nursery by Maclolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh

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Bryanston School

Interiors winner: Bryanston School in Dorset by Hopkins Architects

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Bryanston School interior walkway

Interiors winner: Bryanston School in Dorset by Hopkins Architects

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BSkyB Believe in Better Building education facility

A Special Award was given to the BSkyB Believe in Better Building education facility by Arup Associates, which reflects its company’s sustainable aspirations

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Canary Wharf Crossrail station

Structural winner: the Canary Wharf Crossrail station by Foster & Partners in London

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Canary Wharf Crossrail station exterior

Structural winner: the Canary Wharf Crossrail station by Foster & Partners in London

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Constellations bar

Commercial & Leisure winner: the Constellations bar by Howard Miller Design in Liverpool

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studio exterior

Existing Building winner: the studio by Bradley van der Straeten Architects in London

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studio interiors

Existing Building winner: the studio by Bradley van der Straeten Architects in London

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Endgrain project

Bespoke winner: the Endgrain project by Raw Edges

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Endgrain project interiors

Bespoke winner: the Endgrain project by Raw Edges

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End Grain Stationary

Student Designer winner: End Grain Stationary by Simin Qui

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Ves-el

Bespoke winner: Ves-el by Gareth Neal in collaboration with Zaha Hadid

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Slatted Chair In The Workshop

 Student Designer People’s Choice winner: Slatted Chair by Emma Leslie

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INFORMATION

For more information on the Wood Awards visit the organisation’s website (opens in new tab)

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).