The annual Wood Awards, a prestigious platform that praises and celebrates excellence in British architecture and product design using wood, has unveiled its 2020 winners.
The judges of the premier awards platform (established in 1971) selected six structures and three product designs that they felt represented the best of British architecture and product design in wood. As one of the few design competitions to go ahead (despite COVID-19) this 2020, the free to enter competition strongly encourages and promotes outstanding timber design, alongside skilful craftsmanship and installation. The judging process, of course, had to be adapted due to the pandemic, but still allowed for the panel to see each project.
The Wood Awards’ Gold Award & Private Winner prize (an award given to the winner of winners) was awarded to The Rye Apartments, designed by Tikari Works Architects. A development curated out of ten sustainable apartments, this unique entry and project put the user’s quality of life at the beating heart of it’s impeccable design.
Architect: Tikari Works
Structural engineer: Webb Yates
Wood supplier: Stora Enso
CLT subcontractor: Eurban
3-layer board: Binderholz
Species: Austrian spruce
“Tikari Works have taken a gamble and done something very unusual and it’s paid off, the apartments are very popular.” Judge Jim Greaves
Notably, two winners were selected within the Bespoke Furniture category: Duo by Studio Woodgate and The Beehave by Marlene Huissoud. Here at enki, we were particularly taken with Studio Woodgate’s Duo design, which includes a pair of beautifully crafted sofas designed for Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Opera House.
Designer: Studio Woodgate
Maker: Benchmark Furniture
Client: Royal Opera House as part of ‘Legacy’ for LDF 2019
Project facilitator: AHEC
Wood supplier: Morgan Timber
Species: American red oak
Discover the full list of Wood Awards 2020 Winners here.
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