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Give me some wood lovin’

Give me some wood lovin’

Good ‘ole Kiwi wood is being shown the love with some stellar entries in this years NZ Wood Timber Design Awards. Entries include the interior fitout of the new Supreme Court building, wind turbines designed with high-performance wooden blades and “folding whares” for use as emergency shelters following a disaster. 

Forty-two entries have been received this year across a range of eight categories: Residential Architectural and Residential Engineering Excellence; Commercial Architectural and Commercial Engineering Excellence; Sustainability; Cladding Building Envelope; Commercial Fitout and Outdoor Infrastructure. 

An additional new prize – “the clever wood solutions award” will recognise solutions to tricky design or engineering challenges in wood. 

Programme manager for NZ Wood, Geoff Henley, says it’s great to see such innovative use of wood in a variety of contexts. 

“Increasingly wood is being recognised not only as our most renewable building material, but for its unique qualities of strength and flexibility. 

“It’s an engineering material that has stood the test of time. And with recent technological advances in its manufacturing it’s really coming into its own in all manner of new applications.” 

The awards are being presented at a gala evening at Te Papa in Wellington on October 11. In the meantime, you can view the entries here and also vote on-line for the People’s Choice Award. 

Some of the finalists feature below.


Birkenhead Library and Civic Centre, Auckland. By archoffice. Nominated in Commercial Architectural Excellence and Cladding Building Envelope categories

Folding Whare, Auckland. By Callum Dowie. Nominated in the Residential Architectural Excellence, Residential Engineering Excellence and Clever Wood Solution categories

Waitomo Caves Visitor's Centre, by Dunning Thornton Consultants, Architecture Workshop, Hunters, Hawkins Construction. Nominated in the Commercial Architectural Excellence, Commercial Engineering Excellence, Clever Wood Solution categories

The Supreme Court, Wellington. By Warren and Mahoney. Nominated in the Commercial Architectural Excellence and Interior Fit out categories