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Austria triumphs at the Wood Awards



23. November 2008

Austrian timber took centre-stage at this year's Wood Awards. The Wood Awards is one of the UK's premier architecture and furniture competitions, celebrating excellence in design in the world's most sustainable material.

Austrian timber has enjoyed phenomenal success at this year's Wood Awards.

Now in its sixth year, the Wood Awards is the most respected award for building and design in wood.
From over 200 entries, a shortlist of 29 projects was drawn up in five main categories: Commercial & Public Accesss, Private, Structural, Conservation/Restoration, and Furniture. For each category, one winner and one highly commended project was selected by the panel of judges.

The Structural category was won this year by The Stadthaus, the world’s tallest timber residential building. The nine-storey high-rise in Hackney was designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects in close collaboration with the Austrian timber supplier, KLH. The Stadthaus was also given a special award for 'Offsite Construction'.

The Stadthaus © Telford Homes plc

Cross-laminated solid timber KLH panels have a significantly higher density than timber frame buildings. They provide a solid structural core on which different, independent and separating layers can be added.The layer principal overcomes any acoustic or sound transfer issues. 

Stadthaus was assembled using a structural system pioneered by KLH . The panels were formed using timber strips glued together into a solid mass element with minimal movement characteristics.
The facade for the Stadthaus was supplied by the Austrian company, Eternit . The 1200x230mm panels are made up of 70% waste timber.

A second KLH project, the MK Forty Tower in Milton Keynes, was also nominated for an award for "Best Use of Panel Products".

Also highly commended in the Structural category was the Aston Martin Design Studio , which was constructed by the Austrian pre-fabrication specialists, Holzbau Saurer . The remarkable construction took only 12 months to construct from the initial idea to completion. The Sunderland Aquatic Centre, which featured Wiehag Timber Construction was also shortlisted for the Structural award.

Both KLH and Wiehag will be among the 15 exhibitors on the Austrian Pavilion at this year's Ecobuild .