American Hardwoods feature in UK wood awards winning projects
Two of the category winners in the UK Wood Awards 2009 include American hardwoods, with American black walnut and American white oak the two featured species.
Architects Knox Bhavan Associates chose oiled American black walnut for detailing the staircase of a stunning house refurbishment in London where a variety of timbers and high standards of workmanship created an exceptionally beautiful interior. Judged as “a wonderful example of a beautifully detailed family home and a credit to the young architect”, the project won the Private Category in this year’s Wood Awards.
The Best Use of Panel Products Award went to Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, the new home of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Described as “one of the most impressive new auditoriums to be built in the UK” and named after a leading Welsh composer, its high acoustic standards were achieved through the careful selection of materials in response to a demanding brief. American white oak, used extensively in the panelling, was specified by Capita Architecture because of its grain consistency, good looks and low wastage. The judges praised this “excellent project which used a combination of solid wood and panel products to exceed the client’s expectations.”
AHEC has supported the Wood Awards from the beginning because of its unique position as a showcase for excellent design in wood across a range of applications.
For David Venables, AHEC’s European Director, the event continues to play a key role in the promotion of wood to professional audiences, not just in the UK, but across the world. “Events like this” he says “provide the opportunity to demonstrate the versatility, beauty and sustainability of wood, with some really outstanding projects, many of which have become iconic. In tough economic times I believe that it is vital to maintain support for this kind of competition. The Wood Awards promote and create awareness of wood as the material of choice, benefitting not only the timber industry but those architects and designers who have seen how wood, in today’s environmentally aware world, can meet all their criteria.”