The top prize went to a charming fishing hut designed by London-based Niall McLaughlin Architects, which is meant to function as a meeting space and a place to store boats and fishing tackle. The winner in the Commercial and Leisure category is the Constellations Bar by Howard Miller Design. Its zigzagging waffle-like canopy made from green oak runs along and shelters a cast-concrete bar and wooden stools which frame a large space for parties and events. The Arcadia Nursery in Edinburgh, by Malcolm Fraser Architects was recognized for its use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The lightweight structure creates a warm interior while its timber claddingand wood fiber insulation help maintain stable indoor temperatures.
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Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects renovated a tiny studio apartment in London using their own experience of traveling together in the confined environment of a Volkswagen camper. The renovated flat, located in a building nicknamed “The Tardis,” is space-efficient and practical. Hopkins Architects’ music school in Dorset features Spruce glulam timber posts and ceiling beams, in-filled with timber panels, which dominate the interiors of the large rehearsal hall, the percussion room and multi-functional spaces. Timber framing and panels are used in the classrooms and office spaces.
The mobile artist’s studio, dubbed The Observatory, is clad in a variety of different timber species, including shou sugi ban- UV resistant,weather resistant, rot resistant, and bug resistant Japanese charred wood siding material. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studiosdesigned the project as two telescope-like rotating wooden structures that can face different views.
Foster + Partners’ Canary Wharf station in London is partly built out of wood. This choice of material references the nautical and architectural history of the Wharf. A special award was given to Arup for their BSkyB building, which makes solid timber and timber cassettes a low-energy solution that can be quickly built. This educational facility in London took the form of a glulam frame with visible grade cross laminated timber panels, manufactured using BIM technology and CNC machines.
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