This year’s winners of the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards don’t disappoint. Think a stunning warehouse conversion in Sydney, two holistically sustainable properties in Melbourne and a hybrid of art and architecture in Canberra.
Created to celebrate the valuable role timber plays in Australian architecture and design, this morning’s awards breakfast saw four winners picked from over 100 entries. With winners in both residential exterior and interior and commercial exterior and interior, the competition was fierce, with many entries pushing the boundaries with their innovative use of timber.
The two residential award recipients demonstrated how timber could be used as an alternative to other materials with advantageous sustainable qualities. Stonewood by Breathe Architecture, took home the title for best residential exterior, thanks to the unique details of its surrounding context and taking inspiration from an 1850s Georgian cottage. The best residential interior went to Lilyfield Warehouse, a NSW property designed by Virginia Kerridge Architects and a home that has to be one of my favourites ever (you can read more about it here)! With seamless integration between old and new, the project was awarded for its honest and strong response to an old building, demonstrating creative timber adaptation to an existing industrial warehouse.
The Commons commercial space, also designed by Breathe Architecture, won best commercial exterior. The project was awarded for its holistically sustainable and functional aspects, designed to off-set the harsh urbanised conditions of its inner city location. Judged best commercial interior was the multipurpose building Nishi in Canberra, which I visited only last month when I stayed at Hotel Hotel. Designed by March Studio, believe me when I say that it is as amazing in real life as it is in photos!
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