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The 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced September 18 at an awards night in Melbourne.

A total of 23 prizes were handed out to architects and designers who used timber as a major component of a project or application, including everything from timber windows and floors to full large-scale buildings.

The Australian Timber Design Award, the major prize of the program, went to John Wardle Architects and NADAAA for the Melbourne School of Design, described by the event’s team as an inspiring example of complex green design.

Judges were also effusive in their praise for the manner in which the timber framed and lined building envelope is suspended from two of the overhead LVL beams.

“The three-storey Melbourne School of Design is a showcase of the very best that can be achieved with structural timber,” reads the program’s media release.

“The selection and working of the timbers shows exceptional understanding of the material and lends warmth to the complex structural design.”

John Wardle Architects were joined by a host of big name firms who were category prize winners on the night including Gehry Partners for their contribution to the UTS Business School - Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects for Garangula Gallery, Cox Architecture for Box Office and Duckbuild Architecture for Red Hill House.

2015 Australian Timber Design Awards winners:

AUSTRALIAN TIMBER DESIGN AWARD

Melbourne School of Design - The University of Melbourne by John Wardle Architects& NADAAA in collaboration. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD

UTS Business School - Dr Chau Chak Wing Building by Gehry Partners LLP - Design Architect and Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke - Executive Architect. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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SUSTAINABILITY

Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility by k20 Architecture. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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SMALL BUDGET

Artist's Studio, Thornbury by Chan Architecture. Photography by Folded Bird Photography

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RISING STAR

Invermay House by Michael Moloney of Maloney Architects. Photography by Michael Kai 

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EXCELLENCE IN TIMBER DESIGN AWARDS

LANDSCAPE

Armstrong Creek West Park and Wetland by MDG Landscape Architects. Photography by James Newman

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FURNITURE AND JOINERY

Garangula Gallery - Furniture and Joinery by Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects. Photography by John Gollings

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STAND-ALONE STRUCTURE

Origami Pool House by MADE Architecture. Photography by Jamie Diaz-Berrio

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INTERIOR FITOUT – COMMERCIAL

Box Office, Melbourne by Cox Architecture. Photography by Tommy Miller

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INTERIOR FITOUT – RESIDENTIAL

Bedfordale House by Suzanne Hunt Architect. Photography by Robert Firth

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PUBLIC OR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Melbourne School of Design - The University of Melbourne by John Wardle Architects & NADAAA in collaboration. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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RESIDENTIAL CLASS 1 - ALTERATION OR ADDITION

Dulwich Hill Residence by CplusC Architectural Workshop. Photography by Jackie Chan

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RESIDENTIAL CLASS 1 - NEW BUILDINGS

Red Hill House by Duckbuild Architecture. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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EXCELLENCE IN THE USE OF TIMBER PRODUCTS AWARDS

TREATED PINE

The Rose by University of Western Australia - Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Visual Arts. Photography by David Byland

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TIMBER WINDOWS AND DOORS

Beach Ave by Schulberg Demkiw Architects. Photography by Derek Swalwell Photography

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TIMBER VENEERS

Kununurra Courthouse by TAG Architects and iredale pederesen hook architects, architects in association. Photography by Peter Bennetts

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TIMBER PANELS

Swinburne University Factory of the Future by H2o Architects Pty Ltd. Photography by Trevor Mein

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TIMBER FLOORING

The Charming Squire by Baber Studio in association with Collins + Turner Architects and D'Occhio. Photography by Toby Scott Photography

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TIMBER CLADDING

Clareville House by Terroir Pty Ltd. Photograpy by Brett Boardman

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RECYCLED TIMBER

Garangula Gallery by Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects. Photography by John Gollings

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FITOUT FEATURING DECORATIVE SLICED VENEERS

Living Edge Showroom, Sydney by Woods Bagot. Photography by Trevor Mein

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ENGINEERED TIMBER PRODUCTS

ANTSO Building 90 Electron Microscopy Facility by Taylor Thomson Whitting & Jacobs Group (Australia). Photography by John McRae

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AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED TIMBER

Box Office, Melbourne by Cox Architecture. Photography by Tommy Miller

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