Touch wood: these are the top timber treasures of 2017
Lovers of all things timber, rejoice; it’s the time of the year for the Wood Awards, the industry’s dedicated annual event that celebrates the very best in craft and design using the trusty material.
Announced tonight at a ceremony held at the Carpenters’ Hall in London, the awards, now in their 46th year, have come to represent excellence in timber design and architecture, with past winners including fine woodworking examples such as the supremely sculptural Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Stanbrook Abbey.
This year, the list was equally captivating and competition was fierce. Spanning nine categories, the 2017 worthy winners are: Coastal House, Devon by 6a Architects for the Arnold Laver Gold Award and Best Interiors project; Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum by Simpson & Brown for Best Commercial & Leisure project; Maggie’s Oldham by dRMM for Best Education & Public Sector project; Hampshire Passivhaus by Ruth Butler Architects for Best Private project; Waterloo City Farm by Fielden Fowles Studio for Best Small Project; The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects for Best Structural project; Time and Texture Installation (‘A Landscape of Objects’) by Eleanor Lakelin for Best Bespoke project; and the Narin Chair by David Irwin for Best Production Made project.
Several nominees from this year’s shortlist, such as the striking Hastings Pier by dRMM, were given a high commendation, while excellence in student work was also celebrated through two cash prizes – one going to Mark Laban for his ‘Rustic Stool 1.0’, and another to Damian Robinson for his ‘Hex Drinks Cabinet’, which was also named the People’s Choice.
From careful renovations, to brand new structures, engineering feats and young talent, the Wood Awards consistently acknowledges and rewards great design, while promoting this truly naturally sustainable material.