Call for entries to Wood Awards 2016

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Dezeen promotion: entries are now open for architects and designers based in the UK to submit designs to this year's Wood Awards (+ slideshow).

Founded in 1971, the Wood Awards: Excellence in Architecture and Product Design recognises timber-based projects completed in the UK over the last two years, including buildings, structural design, interior schemes and furniture.

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The Slatted Chair by Emma Leslie was the Student Designer People’s Choice Award Winner 2015

Last year the top prize, the Arnold Laver Gold Award, was given to Niall McLaughlin Architects' fishing hut that can be opened up in summer and battened down in winter.

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Raw-Edges Design Studio was the joint Bespoke winner in 2015 for their dye-soaked timber benches and stools

Other previous Arnold Laver Gold Award winners include Adam Richards Architects' renovation of the buildings that house the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and the Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool by David Morley Architects.

The tropical roof gardens and a leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners to sit above a new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf was the winner of the 2015 Structural Award.

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The seven-storey structure for the Canary Wharf Crossrail by Foster + Partners was the Structural Award Winner 2015

Smaller designs are recognised in the Furniture & Product categories. Raw Edges' dye-soaked timber benches and stools and Gareth Neal's Ves-el topped the Bespoke category last year.



Within the Furniture & Product competition, the Student Award recognises the value of student work in wood with £1,000 awarded to the winner and £500 for the People's Choice.

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The Observatory: The Study & The Workshop by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Small Project Winner 2015

All buildings entered must be located within the UK, while furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. Entry is free and there are no restrictions on the size, budget or function.

This year, the public can nominate design projects via Instagram and Twitter by using #WoodAwards2016.

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Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects won the Existing Building Category in 2015 for The Studio

Submissions are being accepted until 27 May 2016. Winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony in London on 22 November 2016.

For more details about the competition, visit the Wood Awards website or contact the organisers.

Read on for more information from the organisers:


The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design 2016

The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2016 call for entries. Architects and designers from around the United Kingdom are invited to enter their wood-based projects and have until 27 May to submit their entries via the Wood Awards website.

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Winning commercial projects include Constellations Bar by Hugh and Howard Miller

Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK. The Wood Awards' elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition.

The Wood Awards shortlist will be announced in July and the winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony in London on 22 November 2016, hosted by Crafts Magazine editor, Grant Gibson. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival.

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Winning interior projects include Bryanston School: The Tom Wheare Music School by Hopkins Architects. Image courtesy of Anthony Weller

Michael Morrison of Purcell and Max Fraser of Spotlight Press return as chairmen of the Buildings and Furniture & Product judging panels. New to the Furniture & Product judging panel is Ruth Aram. Ruth heads up buying for the renowned Aram Store, based in Covent Garden. She says: "I grew up with design all around me.  This unfettered access to design on a daily basis has greatly influenced who I am today and generated a hunger and passion for design".

Also new this year, everyone will be able to nominate contenders easily via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #WoodAwards2016. Once again within the Furniture & Product competition there will be a Student Award, recognising the value of student work in wood with £1500 in prize money (£1,000 for Winner and £500 for People's Choice).

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This wooden structure by Niall McLaughlin that stores boats and fishing tackle was awarded the gold medal in 2015

The Wood Awards top prize, the Arnold Laver Gold Award, goes to the overall winner of winners. Previous Gold Award winners include: The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool by David Morley Architects, the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft by Adam Richards Architects, and most recently, The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects. All previous category winners from 2003 onwards can now be found on the new digital archive on the Wood Awards website.

With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. There are no restrictions on the size, budget or function of entries. The competition is free to enter and entrants may submit more than one project.

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The awards also recognise smaller design projects, such as Ves-el by Gareth Neal in collaboration with Zaha Hadid and Benchmark Furniture. Image courtesy of Petr Krejci Photography

Sponsors

As a not-for-profit competition, the Wood Awards can only happen with collaborative industry sponsorship.

Arnold Laver sponsors the Arnold Laver Gold Award which is the project that the judges deem to be the best of all the winners.

Major Sponsors of the Wood Awards 2016 are American Hardwood Export Council, Carpenters' Company, TRADA and Wood for Good.

Other sponsors include American Softwoods, British Woodworking Federation, Confederation of Timber Industries, Furniture Makers' Company, Forestry Commission and Timber Trade Federation.

www.woodawards.com

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