Entries are now open for this year’s Wood Awards the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design.
The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design 2018, sponsored by TRADA, is open for entry to anyone involved in a UK-based wood project.
Free to enter, the awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.
Entries close on 25 May and will be judged by an elite independent panel who will also visit the shortlisted projects in person. The shortlist will be announced in July and the winners will be unveiled at an award ceremony on 20th November 2018 at Carpenters’ Hall in London. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival in September.
“TRADA is a passionate supporter of the Wood Awards, which showcase Britain’s exceptional timber talent in design, craftsmanship and installation,” said TRADA’s Rupert Scott. “Each year we are blown away by the world-class quality of entrants and look forward to seeing even more outstanding timber structures, furniture and product designs in this year’s competition.”
Stephen Corbett of Green Oak Carpentry and Buildings and Furniture & Product judging panel chairperson said: “Every year the call for entries for the Wood Awards casts its net ever wider and deeper, as the new wave of enthusiasm for working with wood gathers pace. Years ago, timber buildings and furniture were the pre-eminent choice – now it is clear that their time has come around again, presenting enormous opportunities for our foremost architects and designers.”
Design critic Corinne Julius and judging panel chairperson added: “Wood is such a beautiful, versatile material. It reveals the history of its use, with a richness of patina. There are so many ways to work with it both for commercial production and to make one-offs. In the last few years there has been a re-appraisal of its qualities with an increasing number of designers responding to its potential, matched by an increased appreciation by consumers.”
With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. Fitted furniture must be in the UK. Entrants may submit more than one project and there are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project.
The 2018 categories will be confirmed at the shortlisting. Building categories are likely to be commercial and leisure, education and public sector, interiors, private and small project. the furniture and product competition will be split into bespoke, production made and student designer which is open to anyone currently in education or who has left education in the past 12 months. Within the student category there are two cash prizes (£1,000 for the winner and £500 for the people’s choice). Other awards, such as structural and existing building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion.
The Wood Awards top prize, the Mears Group Gold Award, goes to the overall winner of winners. In addition to last year’s top prize, Coastal House, winners of previous Gold Award winners include: Maggie’s Centre, The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool by David Morley Architects, the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft by Adam Richards Architects, and most recently, The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects. All previous category winners from 2003 onwards can now be found on the new digital archive on the Wood Awards website.
Pictured: The Smile at Chelsea College of Arts, London, which was shortlisted in the small projects category of the Wood Awards 2017.