Wood in Architecture 2015

About the awards

The WAN Wood in Architecture Award is a specialist category that celebrates advances in wood design, showcasing the elegant, natural and versatile material that continues to challenge architects today. Attracting entries from around the world the Award will provide a global platform to share your designs with a panel of industry experts and a vast WAN readership.

An award entry must focus on the wood being an integral part in the design of the building.

Finalist’s Exhibition

This year finalists will have the additional benefit of having their projects displayed at the UK Construction Week this October. A fantastic opportunity for architects to have their work seen by many in the industry at the biggest trade show for commercial, residential construction, planning & design professionals. To add to the excitement, there will be a stimulating roundtable panel discussion to look forward to, as well as, the winner announcement at a drinks reception in the evening of Thursday 8th October.

Enter today for your chance to be celebrated for your architectural achievements at the UK Construction Week.

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows: 
Text summary - 200-300 words, in a Word or PDF format
6 images with the maximum dimensions of 1000 x 1000 pixels - image 1 will be your 'main image'.
All images must be at least 72 dpi, in jpeg format

Text summary - we encourage you to Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria below and the completion date which must be properly declared. Please submit the summary as continuous text, written in the third person, and not as bullet points.

Images - If submitting your entry online, you can upload your images using the upload form  in 'Backstage'. Or you can send a zipped file or WeTransfer to lydia.swinton@builtenvironmentmedia.com

You can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE

How to enter  

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Enter 2015 awards now' button on the WAN Awards homepage HERE.

If you are already registered you will be able to click "login" and use your existing registration code and password. If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'submit' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately).

Once logged in, you can submit your entry using the "Purchase Credits" link on the left side of the login page - use the drop-down menus to select the Wood in Achitecture category and the number of projects you wish to enter, then click 'Submit' - check your billing details are correct, then click 'Continue' - this will take you to a secure page. Click 'Proceed' and enter your card details, then click 'Confirm Order', then 'Authorise'. Once payment is complete, click 'Continue' to return to you login page. You will now have credits which you can use to upload your project as a competition entry.  Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit your project by email and send payment by cheque or bank transfer. We will send you an invoice with all the details you need to make payment.

Please email submissions and direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration to: lydia.swinton@builtenvironmentmedia.com

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below:

World Architecture News
Accounts dept.
15-17 Middle Street
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 1AL
United Kingdom

UK entries please add VAT.

DEADLINE: 30 JUNE 15

Judging criteria  

The jury will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, but the following two areas will carry the most weighting.

  1. How your design addressed the key elements of the client brief.
  2. Specific examples of how your building has: evolved its specific building type and incorporated wood as a material and how it's been integrated within its context and / or community


Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.

Benefits of entering  

As we have developed the awards over the years, we have also tailored the news on the site to be sector-specific, which in turn promotes the winning and shortlisted projects of the awards to be pioneers of their sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel.

All entrants will feature permanently on the WAN website in the Wood in Architecture Awards gallery, as well as being featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries all around the world. 

Applicants will also be featured on all of WAN AWARDS social media platforms, being seen by over 4,000 industry professionals.  

The winning entrant receives an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as 'commended'.

Tom Kundig of Seattle based Olsen Kundig, whose dramatic design Pierre won the highly contested 2010 House of the Year Award confirms: “Being featured on WAN was probably the tipping point, the immediate reaction was an incredible upswing in blog activity: it just went global, you could see it happening virtually overnight. It certainly got our work out there and we already have two new clients who specifically referenced the Pierre.”

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed on or after 1 January 2012.

You must be a qualified architect to enter into this award. 

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the long list, a short list of six projects will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.

Cost  

The entrance fee is £375 but an early registration price of £318.75 is available for entries made before 31st May 2015.

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Winner

  • Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium

Shortlist

  • Sayama Forest Chapel
  • Dune House
  • Suburban Studio
  • Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium
  • Federal Center South Building 1202
  • Metsä Group Head Office

Longlist

  • Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Sayama Forest Chapel
  • China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015
  • Forest Holidays
  • The Level
  • Rooiels Beach House
  • Hotel Ulrichshof
  • Cabin 2
  • Davenport / Wilson House
  • Tesco Superstore
  • Dune House
  • Suburban Studio
  • Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium
  • Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • H3 Flagship Store
  • Pearl Izumi North American Corporate Headquarters
  • Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
  • Bestseller Logistics Centre North
  • Federal Center South Building 1202
  • Metsä Group Head Office
  • Hotel Andaz Papagayo
  • N8-house [ House of III-BOX ]

All entries

  • Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Sayama Forest Chapel
  • CLT House
  • China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015
  • Forest Holidays
  • One Church Square
  • The Level
  • Rooiels Beach House
  • Villa Am Steinbruch
  • Hotel Ulrichshof
  • Cabin 2
  • Davenport / Wilson House
  • Dublin City University Entrance - DCU
  • Tesco Superstore
  • Dune House
  • Suburban Studio
  • Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium
  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
  • Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility
  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
  • H3 Flagship Store
  • Pearl Izumi North American Corporate Headquarters
  • SJA I
  • Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
  • Bestseller Logistics Centre North
  • Almaz JBR
  • Camera Chiara
  • Federal Center South Building 1202
  • Metsä Group Head Office
  • Hotel Andaz Papagayo
  • N8-house [ House of III-BOX ]

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Winning announcements

WAN Wood In Architecture Award Winner 15

Tectoniques are championed as the winner in the WAN Wood in Architecture 2015 Award
We are thrilled to announce the winner of WAN Wood In Architecture 2015 Award is Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium by Tectoniques - Congratulations!
The winning entry was selected from a shortlist of six fantastic projects, with each project championing the elegant, natural and versatile qualities of wood that continues to challenge architects today.
On board to judge this year’s entries were an experienced panel of judges, which included Adrian Campbell, Associate Director at Arup Associates; James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects; Dmitri Jajich, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Mikko Viljakainen, Director at Puuinfo.
The Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium takes its name from a former World Middleweight Champion boxer from nearby Lyon. Situated in the heart of Rillieux-la-Pape, the building includes a multi-purpose sports hall and a gymnasium. Part of the gymnasium is underground and it is accessed from the top of the spectator seating stands. This means the height of the building, as viewed from the street, is half of its actual height, minimising the impact of its very large volume. James was quick to say “It’s exactly the sort of project that should win an award.”
The building is composed of a concrete base and mounted with a timber lattice beam structure. The façades and roofing are made up of straw-bale panels. The whole building is covered with vertical Larchwood cladding and is kept deliberately neutral, without pretence or artifice. Adrian commented on this saying “they’ve set a wonderful president, in terms of the delivery of it, it looks really clean." The architects choose to keep the most of building structures exposed on the inside. A light colour palette has been used to create a calm, peaceful atmosphere and ensure the facilities remain discreet. The only colour is the red gymnastic equipment, which creates a stark contrast with the overall monochromatic tone...

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Wood In Architecture Award WINNER: Hacine Chérifi Gymnasium, Rillieux-la-Pape, France
JUDGES
Left to Right: Mikko Viljakainen, James Greaves, Adrian Campbell
and Dmitri Jajich
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