Winners of the 2016 Wood Awards Ireland are announced

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The Wood Marketing Federation has announced the winners of 2016 Wood Awards at an awards ceremony in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. The Wood Awards Ireland judging panel was chaired by Ciarán O’Connor, the State Architect. This year’s Irish Wood Awards received over forty entries across various categories with eighteen projects shortlisted. All projects were reviewed, and permanent structures were visited before a shortlist of seventeen awards was agreed by the panel. The shortlist included large and small-scale buildings, conservation projects, furniture, innovative wood design, international structures and exhibitions – all demonstrating excellence in wood construction, design and craftsmanship.

The juries selected an overall winner and six category winners as below.

CategoryBuildingArchitect / Designer
Overall WinnerSamuel Beckett Civic Campus, Ballyogan Rd., DublinBucholz McEvoy Architects
LARGE SCALE BUILDINGS – Joint winnersSamuel Beckett Civic Campus, Ballyogan Rd., DublinBucholz McEvoy Architects
Model School, National School, InchicoreDonaghy + Dimond Architects
FURNITURERange of furniture at OPTICA, Dawson Street, DublinRyan Connolly, Connolly & Company
INNOVATIONMagnus Celestii a temporary installation in Sculpture Park, Salisbury, EnglandJoseph Walsh Studio
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTWind and Rain Bridge, Peitian Village, Liancheng, Fujian Province ChinaDon Holohan and woodworkers from Peitian area and architecture students, University of Hong Kong
JUDGES SPECIAL AWARDCarmelite Prayer Room, St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, DublinNiall McLoughlin Architects

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Of the overall winner, the WMF said “The Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Project at Ballyogan Road Dublin is a project that combines and integrates many facets of the art and science of wood design. The designers have previously developed a vocabulary and repertoire in wood design through the rigorous testing of ideas and empirical observation. They have combined this knowledge with the unique potential of both this building and its site to give a synthesis that combines habitation with habitat. The designers have integrated sustainability seamlessly into their building and site design. Wood is used in an integrated and knowledgeable way such that there is ingenuity of design and finesse of execution.”

Speaking about the quality and innovation of the 2016 Wood Award Ireland winners Ciarán O’Connor, the State Architect, said, “We were delighted to see such an extraordinary diverse range of projects entered into the 2016 Wood Awards Ireland – which showcases the best use of wood in architecture and design. We sought out innovation in design and excellence in execution and we found it.

“The Wood Awards like wood itself, is not singular or one dimensional. There are many facets to this inherently sustainable materials from solid sections of hardwood and softwood along with engineered wood products. The projects explore the intrinsic physical properties of wood while also developing the inherent relationship between form, technology and the brief requirements of the client. Wood has a rich and diverse history both to learn from and to learn about. It requires respect and knowledge as well as art and science. We would like to congratulate all of our very deserving wood artists, designers and architects.”

The Wood Award Ireland sculptures were designed by Ireland’s foremost sculptor Michael Warren. The Wood Awards Ireland 2016 are organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and supported by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). The project receives funding and sponsorship from COFORD in the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council), Coillte, and Enterprise Ireland. The WMF is a non-profit organisation founded in 1989 to promote wood and wood products sourced in sustainable managed forests. WMF members include architects; engineers; designers; wood workers; State agencies; timber processors; timber preservation companies; researchers and educational bodies.