47th Annual Wood Awards Winners Announced

Posted on 22 November 2017


The winners of the Wood Awards 2017, have been announced at a ceremony held on the 21st November at Carpenters’ Hall, hosted by Johanna Agerman Ross, Founder of Disegno magazine and Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the V&A.

Coastal House, Devon by 6a Architects was awarded the Arnold Laver Gold Award, the winner of winners, as well as being the Interiors category winner. The house is an early-twentieth century family home with extensive views of the sea. It has been transformed by stripping it back to its stone walls and completely reconfigured internally. Each space has a distinct volume and ceiling height, with the central stair offering clear views through the whole house. Tapered oak verticals are used as supports throughout, including primary drawing room columns, external veranda posts and the stair spindles. The judges commented that timber has been used in several different ways to create a wonderful home which feels natural and unaffected.

The judges selected Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum by Simpson & Brown as the Commercial & Leisure winner as it does something highly unusual – it creates an abstract, numinous space using timber as an expressed structure. The aim of the project was to upgrade the museum building to meet modern curatorial standards, encourage visitors into the ruins, and improve facilities.

Maggie’s Oldham by dRMM was chosen as the Education & Public Sector winner. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres offer free practical and emotional support for people affected by cancer. Maggie’s Oldham is the first permanent building constructed from sustainable tulipwood CLT.

The winner of the Private category was Hampshire Passivhaus, a self-built home on the south coast by Ruth Butler Architects. The judges were impressed by the design, craftsmanship and attention to detail. It is an L-shaped detached dwelling, creating private courtyard spaces, on a tight brownfield site with multiple neighbours.

Feilden Fowles Studio was selected as this year’s Small Project winner. The judges praised the how simple yet beautifully thought through the project is. Feilden Fowles master-planned Waterloo City Farm and their new studio was offered in exchange for their design services. The timber frame structure clad with corrugated Onduline sheets, can be dismantled and re-erected when the lease comes to an end.

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects was awarded this year’s Structural Award, chosen from all the buildings shortlisted in each category. The judges were impressed by the ease with which The Smile rested in place which masked some impressive and complex engineering. Conceived as a habitable arc, The Smile was a 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved timber tube built for the London Design Festival 2016.

The winner of the Bespoke category was Time and Texture by Eleanor Lakelin which forms part of ‘A Landscape of Objects’, a site-specific exhibition set in the gardens of Forde Abbey, curated by Flow Gallery for Somerset Art Works. The three hollowed vessels on rusted plinths and four solid forms show how natural elements erode and work away at materials.

The judges gave the Narin Chair by David Irwin for Case Furniture the Production Made award for its elegant, distinctive, logical and comfortable design. Case wanted to change preconceptions of what a folding chair is; a piece of furniture you would be proud to have on display at any time and not the emergency chair that comes out of the cupboard at Christmas.

Within the Student Designer category there were two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award took place at the Wood Awards shortlist showcase at London Design Fair in September. The category winner was Rustic Stool 1.0 by Central Saint Martins student Mark Laban. The judges praised this interesting new typology that creates a new aesthetic. The People’s Choice Award was given to Hex Drinks Cabinet by Damian Robinson of Williams and Cleal which was inspired by a bees’ nest found in the maker’s garden.

Further information about each of the winners can be found on the Wood Awards website.