Winners of the 2022 Wood Awards have been announced in London, bringing together architects, designers, and structural engineers at the UK’s most prestigious architecture and design awards for wood products and buildings.
Awards across eight categories included the Gold Award for best timber building in the UK, which was presented to the Homerton College Dining Hall, designed by Feildon Fowles. Homerton College was also the winner of the Education & Public Sector category and the Structural Award. Judges were impressed by the harmony achieved between the structure and the rest of the college, which allowed for light and flow from the garden and to other areas of the college to create a building both ‘natural and iconic’.
The building judges included a team of world-leading professionals led by Jim Greaves of Hopkins Architects, who visited all 20 shortlisted buildings in the Wood Awards building category before deciding on the winner.
A new category known as ‘Restoration and Reuse’ was announced and awarded to The Water Tower, a project from architects Tonkin Liu, which transformed an iconic abandoned piece of local infrastructure into a beautiful, private residence.
Find out more about all the winners below:
Architect: Feilden Fowles
Photography credits: Jim Stephenson & David Grandorge
The Homerton College dining hall celebrates the integrity and inherent beauty of its materials to create a space which is inspiring and functional for students. Each sweet chestnut glulam truss is formed of four members connected at a central node and to the full height columns on each side, while above these beams a cross-laminated timber roof deck lends lateral stability. The use of high performing engineered CLT timber with traditional joinery provides an elegance shown in the butterfly truss design.
Photography credits: Dirk Lindner, and Martin Phelps
The ABBA Arena is the world’s first demountable concert venue with a capacity of 3,000. Timber is the fundamental material of the ABBA Arena, featuring an auditorium, rainscreen, and front of house facilities. The four-storey tall seating area is made up of 1,650 unique cross-laminated panels (each up to 9.9 metres long) with 1400 finger-jointed larch fins which envelop the arena.
Architect: Tonkin Liu
Location: Castle Acre
Photography credits: Dennis Pedersen, Taran Wilkhu, Mike Tonkin, Tonkin Liu
A beautiful example of resuse, converting a disused water tower into a private home using cross-laminated timber (CLT). The newly converted house contains a CLT stair tower which acts as a compression spiral along with timber-built rooms with views of Castle Acre’s local village.
Architect: Caroe Architecture Ltd with Connolly Wellingham
A carefully executed timber entrance using home grown oak to add step-free functionality and beauty of the St Paul’s Cathedral. The Equal Access Project uses glue-laminated timber in the frame showcasing the highest standard of craftmanship using home grown oak.
Architect: Russell Jones Limited
Photography credits: Rory Gardiner
A relaxing and informal refuge from the world, the beautiful urban oasis at the Mews House was made using engineered joists, European larch, Douglas Fir, and Larch glulam beams to create a beautiful urban oasis for its owners.
Architect: Christian Brailey Architects
Photography credits: Christian Brailey
The Douglas Fir House - Made from a single piece of cabinetry and crafted out of a single material – the Canadian Douglas Fir, this extension was prefabricated in Devon before being delivered to site and nestled into a private garden within a Conservation Area in North London.
Mentsen’s beautiful wood Furniture echoes the geometry and solidity of the Grade II listed office building on 2 Bessborough Street. The collection includes a coffee table, armchair, side table, and sofa.
Designer: Mauro Dell’Orco
Following the discovery of an extraordinary piece of 5,000-year-old Bog Oak, 13-metre-long planks were cut and crafted into a table, connecting ancient forests and local community. The project illustrates, educates, and evokes a sense of wonder at the scale of these ancient trees by preserving the full length of the Bog Oak.
Designer: Henry Johnson, Nottingham Trent University
Veneer is often used to imitate a more expensive and solid piece of wood, but on this occasion, the material is making its mark as it has been embraced, displayed, and celebrated at the Wood Awards.
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages, and promoted outstanding wood design, craftsmanship and installation. The awards encourage British designers and manufacturers to aim ever higher in the design world and showcase some of their incredible achievements to a national and international audience.
More details about the 2022 winners and shortlist can be found here www.woodawards2022.online.