Discover the winners of the Wood Awards 2021


Winner of the Wood Award 2021: Light use of wood in architecture and design

From smart products and bespoke orders to private homes and cultural buildings, we present the winners of the Wood Awards 2021

The 2021 Wood Award winners have been announced, recognizing six buildings and two products as the best wooden structures of the year. The annual awards, which were launched in 1971 as the “first competition for outstanding achievements in architecture and product design made of wood”, are a coveted industry award that recognizes the proven material – a frequent and important protagonist for sustainable architecture and design in modern and traditional Projects. The selection encompasses a wide range of scales and typologies, from intelligent products and tailor-made commissions to private houses and cultural buildings. It includes the Gold Award, which is given to a project that the jury considers the winner of the winners, which this year went to Magdalene College Library in Cambridge by Níall McLaughlin Architects.

The winners of the Wood Awards 2021

Gold Award Winner and Education and Public Sector Winner: Magdalene College Library

The Magdalene College Library project is an essential addition to an existing complex and features simple brick structures, wooden windows and pitched roofs that “reflect the gable architecture of the college that is part of Cambridge University.” The interiors consist of glued laminated timber (glued wood) and cross laminated timber (CLT) with shelves made of oak. From pillars to floor beams, shelves, window frames and desks, wood is ubiquitous and works hard in this architectural project by Níall McLaughlin Architects.

Advertising and Leisure Winner: The Alice Hawthorn

Photography: Hufton + Krähe

London architects De Matos Ryan led the redesign and contemporary update of a popular local pub in Nun Monkton, North Yorkshire, the last remaining part of the village. The building was redesigned according to the principles of sustainable architecture and expanded by 12 guest rooms, eight of which were built entirely in timber frame construction. They are all arranged around a central courtyard.

Private winner: The boathouse

Photography: Jim Stephenson

This single family home by Adams + Collingwood Architects is located in green surroundings with a view of the Salcombe Estuary. The use of natural materials in the residence includes extensive use of wood, such as the yellow cedar tiles and cladding on the roof and outside, and the Douglas fir on the upper floor. The wood used comes from Canada.

Small project winner: Built: East pavilion

Photography: Joe Laverty

Behind the winner Built: East is a team of two, OGU Architects and Donald McCrory Architects. Also the winning design in The Belfast Flare competition run by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, the building was designed to represent the region’s rich manufacturing history, combining traditional craftsmanship and innovative technologies. Parts of the project were created using CNC methods outside the construction site and transported to the site for quick assembly.

Interior Winner: St. John Street

Transforming a Victorian warehouse into a warm and welcoming single family home, with a nod to the history of its location, St John Street is the work of up-and-coming architecture firm Emil Eve Architects. Exposed concrete and masonry are complemented by bespoke joinery work that includes shelving, storage rooms, and bespoke fixtures and furniture. The interiors are lined with lime-washed birch plywood against oak parquet.

Structure Award Winner: The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater

The Welcome Building is in a new garden in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Bridgwater in Worsley, Salford. Hodder + Partners created a low, linear building that contains a visitor center, restaurant, gift shop, offices, and educational spaces. “All public elements are grouped under a single overarching glulam diagrid, which is supported by load-bearing glulam trees,” say the architects.

Bespoke Winner: Gayles Farm 5

Photography: Simon Webb

Designed entirely from European oak, this bespoke private commission from designer and manufacturer Wycliffe Stutchbury explores the combination of the qualities of wood and fabric manufacturing techniques. The piece, designed as a curtain, consists of thousands of small oak tiles that are glued to an openly woven cotton twill.

Production winner: Iso-Lounge Chair

Isokon Plus produced this new chair design by Jasper Morrison. The piece was inspired by the Isokon archives and, in particular, by the “original brand logo”; Gerald Summers “Bent Plywood” chair with a single flowing plywood surface; and Gerrit Rietveldt’s “Zig-Zag” chair ”. The main material is plywood which beautifully follows the curved design.



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