BVN & TTW win 2020 ATDA with Marrickville library

Marrickville Library takes out the coveted overall award for the 2020 Australian Timber Design Awards!

Congratulations BVN and TTW 

More than 10km of timber were used in to create a warm and welcoming environment in Sydney’s Marrickville Library, announced as the overall winner at the first virtual Australian Timber Design Awards (ATDA) event on Wednesday 2nd December.

Architects BVN and engineers TTW have created a beautifully crafted project that not only delivers an inviting and functional community resource, but also showcases the versatility and sustainability of timber and timber products.

As BVN explained in their entry, the use of timber also references the history of the site which was once used to source timber for construction. It was important to the community that their library was ‘kind to the planet’. As a result, timber was also used for its sustainable properties, with all either recycled or certified as coming from sustainable sources.

Timber products used in the Library include; Glulam columns, mullions and transoms, plywood, Sculptform™ blackbutt acoustic baffling, Supawood™ Tasmanian oak acoustic panel ceilings, batten balustrading and screens.

Species used include; jarrah, red and white mahogany, spruce, tallow wood, hoop and radiata pine and New Guinea rosewood, all from certified sources. 

Timber, used in columns, facade, screening, internal walls, window/door frames, tiered seating, joinery, ceilings and furniture also contributed to Marrickville library’s environmental credentials. It was important to the community that their library was ‘kind to the planet’. As a result, timber was used for its sustainable properties in place of aluminium and steel as it has around half the embodied energy of steel and delivers significant CO2 emission savings. 

“I would like to congratulate BVN, TTW and all the entrants on their excellent work,” said Eileen Newbury, WoodSolutions Program Manager and National Marketing and Communications Manager for Forest and Wood Products Australia, the industry services company that resources WoodSolutions, the Platinum sponsor of the event.

Now in their 21st year, the Awards promote and encourage outstanding timber design. They are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers: to anyone involved in the design or building of structures that feature timber. A Rising Star Award is available to students and entrants aged 35 or under.

See the virtual award night presentation on YouTube and the full list of winners online.

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