The World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards shortlist was announced this week, and yet again Australian awards have dominated. Of the 536 projects shortlisted in the 32 categories, over 50 entries were Australian. There are two projects Woodform is particularly excited about that we have showcased below.
Maitland Riverlink and Australian Embassy Bangkok are two projects both shortlisted in the Completed Buildings - Civic and Community category, and both use Woodform products extensively as part of their design. We are immensely proud that projects we have been involved in have been recognised on the world stage, and would like to provide some insight into how these amazing looks were achieved.
Australian Embassy Bangkok
The Australian Embassy in Bangkok, designed by BVN Architecture is a project which fully embraces its Australian identity, regardless of its physical location.
A unique shaped structure encased in ochre-coloured bricks, the embassy casts a silhouette reminiscent of one of Australia's most well known natural features, Uluru. The curves of the exterior continue throughout the building, establishing a unique aesthetic and sense of space.
Australian Timber was used extensively throughout the embassy, with Blackbutt and Spotted Gum Concept Click Battens being a prominent feature in both internal and external areas. A huge timber batten feature is used between floors in the lobby area, using custom Concept Click battens which allow for the tight curves. This feature draws the eye up and opens up the lobby with the linear textures of the battens.
In the exterior areas, Spotted Gum Concept Click battens are used on soffits to take advantage of the warmth timber provides while protecting them from UV exposure. These soffits contrast magnificently with the concrete surrounds, emphasising the timber's natural aesthetic.
Designing a structure with the purpose of becoming an essential part of the community identity requires an architectural team to develop a strong character for the project while fitting into the established style of the town. The team at CHROFI - working closely with Mcgregor+Coxall, designed a landmark which augments the character of Maitland, rather than overshadowing it.
The stunning feature ceiling of the Maitland Riverlink is made up of 42x19mm Concept Click battens in Australian Blackbutt. This species was chosen due to the desire to have the timber age naturally and eventually colour match the bricks, creating a consistent aesthetic between the two. The linear texture of the battens matches the aesthetic of the clay brick, allowing the form of the building to appear seamless at a glance.
View the entire list of projects shortlisted at www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2018-shortlist