Timber architecture: Since 2012, as part of the annual RIAS Awards scheme, Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good have combined to sponsor an award aimed at encouraging innovative and creative use of timber in new buildings in Scotland. The award seeks also to stimulate greater appreciation of home grown timber and its potential for use in construction, with added consideration given to thoughtful and appropriate use of different species. A&DS has pulled the winning entries together into annual exhibitions to bring the best of timber architecture to the wider public.
Technical competence is of course paramount and the design and detail of how the timber is used was as much a part of the assessment criteria as imagination and overall architectural excellence. There is no restriction on building type or scale of project – from small to large and from domestic to commercial, the challenge is to show how suited the use of timber is to the development of architecture in Scotland.
… In reviewing the winners and shortlisted projects for the award it is patent that Scotland’s best designers are fully exploiting the technical, aesthetic and tactile quality of timber, and that it allows them to do some of their best work and demonstrate their design and innovation skills. – Karen Anderson, Chair, A&DS.
Portrait of Timber Architecture
This publication collates winning projects, shortlisted entries and winners in the six RIAS chapters to offer a portrait of timber architecture in Scotland over the five years between 2012 and 2017.
All of the architects included in this publication have clearly enjoyed working with timber. They have recognised the pleasure of learning about, and the potential of exploiting, the myriad qualities of different timbers from homegrown larch, and Scottish hardwoods, to composite and engineered timber products. Timber not only provides a huge palette of architectural possibilities, but comes with the added joy of being fully renewable and recyclable. – Karen Anderson, Chair, A&DS.
Image: Best Use of Timber Awards winners, 2012 Model D House – Gokay Deveci, 2013 Abbotsford Visitor Facility LDN Architects, 2014 Inn at John O’ Groats – GLM, 2015 Arcadia Nursery – Malcolm Fraser Architects, 2016 Blakeburn – A449 Ltd.