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Tuesday22 July 2014

Rothschild Foundation triumphs at 2011 Wood Awards

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Stephen Marshall Architects has won the top award at the 2011 Wood Awards for its work at the Rothschild Foundation in Buckinghamshire.

Stephen Marshall’s Windmill Hill scheme — an archive and office space for the charity — won the structural category, and went on to win the overall prize for the evening.

Michael Morrison, partner at Purcell Miller Tritton and chairman of the judges, said: “The Rothschild Foundation is a wonderful piece of modernism married to a Victorian farm in the depths of the English countryside. The standard of work is a testament to the care and professionalism of everyone associated with the project. It is truly stunning.”

Other winners for 2011 included Brockholes Visitor Centre in Lancashire by Adam Khan Architects for the commercial & public access award.

The Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects won the prize for the private/best small project award, and Diamond Hall at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland by Samuel Stevenson & Sons won the conservation/restoration award.

Katie Walker Furniture won her second furniture award for Windsor Rocker.

Meanwhile, the outstanding design award went to Sebastian Cox’s Suent Superlight Chair using locally coppiced hazel, and outstanding craftsmanship was awarded to the Manolo Lounger in American black walnut by John Galvin Design. 

The innovation award went to Atmos Studio for 081-23MR – Stairs, which the judges called “a beautifully designed piece of 3D joinery…fluid and dynamic. A tour de force.”

GOLD AWARD WINNER 2011

Rothschild Foundation/ Windmill Hill

Location: Waddesdon Estate, Buckinghamshire
Architect: Stephen Marshall Architects
Wood species: European oak

MAIN AWARDS

Commercial and public access

Winner: Brockholes Visitor Centre
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Architect: Adam Khan Architects
Wood species: Austrian engineered timber, British timber oak shakes, structural insulated panels (SIPs) made from oriented strand board (OSB)

Highly commended: The Apex, Arc,
Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Wood species: American white oak, Siberian larch, European redwood, sacrificial stain

Private/best small project

Winner: Strange House
Location: London
Architect: Hugh Strange Architects
Wood species: Spruce (Switzerland), cedro macho (Nicaragua), guapinol (Nicaragua), nanciton (Nicaragua)

Highly commended: The Watson House
Location: New Forest, Hampshire
Architect: John Pardey Architects
Wood species: Larch/fir (cross lam panels), sweet chestnut (cladding/joinery)

Structural

Winner: Rothschild Foundation
Location: Windmill Hill, Buckinghamshire
Architect: Stephen Marshall Architects
Wood species: European oak

Highly commended: Far Moor Bridge
Location: North Yorkshire
Client: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Wood species: Scottish larch

Conservation/restoration

Winner: Diamond Hall, University of Ulster
Location: Coleraine, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Architect: Samuel Stevenson & Sons
Wood species: Canadian western red cedar, walnut

Furniture

Winner: Windsor Rocker
Location: Oxfordshire
Designer: Katie Walker Furniture
Wood species: English ash, finished with a white hard wax oil

SPECIAL AWARDS

Outstanding design

Winner: Suent Superlight Chair
Location: Lincolnshire
Designer: Sebastian Cox Furniture
Wood species: Coppiced hazel

Outstanding craftsmanship

Winner: The Manolo Lounger
Location: Glasgow
Designer: John Galvin Design
Wood species: American black walnut

Innovation

Winner: 081-23MR - Stairs
Location: London
Designer: Atmos Studio Ltd
Wood species: Panaget traviata heringbone parquet - Oak (engineered parquet), standard-grade 630kg/m3 MDF sheets (6, 12, 18, 25mm thicknesses) - FSC approved, laminated primegrade medium European oak worktops, 30mm and 38mm thicknesses (40mm-staves)

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