For nearly 50 years, professionals across the New Zealand construction sector have been celebrating timber design and its usage and on November 2nd 2023, the Timber Design Awards are again being celebrated in Auckland.
“Now more than ever, it’s important we recognise and celebrate the engineers, architects, architectural designers and builders who push boundaries and embrace change by championing nature’s greatest building material, sourced from the country’s renewable, natural, resource-based forests,” explains Dr Robert Finch, Director of Timber Unlimited. “We exist to build belief in the possibilities of timber. To prove that timber is the smart choice – for now and in the future – and assist the industry in exploring the features and benefits of timber and how to use it to create better-built environments. Who better to help us do this than the Timber Design Awards.
After a three-year hiatus, Timber Unlimited is thrilled to be hosting the event, with a total of 18 companies sponsoring separate categories and aspects of the gala evening.
“It’s no mistake that we call ourselves Timber Unlimited,” agrees Awards Manager Debbie Fergie. “The possibilities for timber aren’t limited to traditional uses. We all know timber can be aesthetically beautiful as well as being an impressive building material, but this time, we’re also celebrating just how sustainable a sector this is. The rapidly increasing use of timber in so many innovative and exciting ways has the added benefit of sequestering CO2, helping us all transition to a low-emissions economy.”
Nearly 50 years ago, timber began to emerge from its traditional market position of two- or maybe three-storey buildings using slabs and plank. Architects and engineers became excited by the possibilities offered by glue-laminated timber members to span wide areas without additional supports.
Today, the 2023 Timber Design Awards present 12 different categories for structures that use timber in ways that push the boundaries of the possible, challenging steel and concrete as core construction materials or working with them in new and exciting ways.