Supreme winner’s project creates “dramatic forms”

The outstanding project 48 Tuarangi Road in Auckland has won the Resene Supreme Award in the recent NZ Wood- Resene Timber Design Awards, brought to you by the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA).

It is a project judges called an “impressive integration of timber material and manufacturing precision”.

TOA Architects designed the 156sqm home. CLT panels created a box beam, which allowed the entire ground floor wing to bridge over and cantilever off the concrete cellar below it, creating the home’s dramatic forms.

TOA associate director, Craig Wilson says, “At TOA, we speak about TOA being Māori for strength, bravery and cutting new ground, and it took those attributes to be able to craft this project.

“We wanted to be honest to the properties of timber and this design could not have been achieved in any other material.

“We are therefore excited, honoured and very proud to accept both the Futurebuild LVL New Zealand Residential Design Award and the Resene Supreme Award.

“We thank our TOA team, and would also like to thank the builders Mike Greer Architectural, our engineers Engco and DHC, XLam, Abodo and all the other companies and people within the industry, who supported this project with their mahi, support and expertise.”

Judges agreed that TOA’s Tuarangi House has been designed to push the limits of what can be achieved with CLT in a bespoke, high-end residential concept.

“This is an excellent example of residential architecture where timber is used in ways that exploit the possibilities of what can be done with it,” they said. “CLT has been used extensively, allowing the first floor to twist and create the striking forms viewed from the street.

“This project shows the potential for what can be done with modern timber materials for designers who are not afraid to try something new.”

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2020

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards is a highly acclaimed, annual awards event showcasing the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber by New Zealand architects and engineers.

The entrants constantly provide projects of an exceptionally high standard, making the evening a stimulating and valuable event for everyone with an appreciation for timber and design.

Visit timber-design-awards for a complete look at all the finalists and winners in all categories.

Highly Commended for the Supreme Award was Lindis Lodge in Omarama, Otago, submitted by Architecture Workshop, which also won the NZ Timber Design Society’s Engineering Innovation Award.

The unique design of the topographic roof curves especially impressed judges, who commented particularly on the way the screw laminated gum worked with the steel beams.

“The designers showed a great understanding of timber architecture and engineering, allowing grace and technology to intertwine,” they said.

The 11 categories covered everything from residential and commercial construction to engineering and specialty timber applications and innovation, with revised criteria and expanded categories allowing more entries into relevant categories.

“Entrants submitted an especially exciting range of designs this season”, says WPMA’s promotions manager Debbie Fergie.

“Timber design has been formally celebrated through these awards for 45 years now, and each time judges see new and increasingly innovative ways to employ timber.

“The sheer volume and excellent quality of such diverse work makes it very challenging for our judges.”

The awards this year were judged by New Zealand Institute of Architects’ president Tim Melville, New Zealand Timber Design Society president David Carradine, sustainable architect at Scion Andrea Stocchero, and NZ Wood Design Guides’ manager Andy van Houtte.

“We have some fantastic finalists and winners, who are pushing wood-based design to new levels,” commented WPMA’s CEO Jon Tanner when announcing the forced cancellation of the gala event announcing the winners. “We will [also] continue to build on the high degree of interest already shown in our NZ Wood Design Guide Series.” The WPMA is keen to provide a one-stop shop for developers, architects, engineers and the wider construction industry with freely available, peer reviewed information.

That way, they believe they can provide a clear framework for everyone to understand the advantages of timber construction, and how to maximise a project’s structural integrity and cost effectiveness while still complying with NZ Standards and the NZ Building Code.

The next Timber Design Awards event will be held in September 2021, with entries called in March 2021 for projects completed between 1 July, 2019 to 28 February, 2020.

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