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Winners of the 2016 Wood Awards Ireland


Carmelite Prayer Room, St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin by Niall McLoughlin Architects

Winners of the 2016 Wood Awards Ireland are announced

  • Best sustainable construction medium used by innovative architects & designers in large and small scale building projects
  • Samuel Beckett Civil Campus overall winner of 2016 Wood Awards Ireland

Dublin, Thursday, 18November 2016 – Today, the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) announced the winners of 2016 Wood Awards at an awards ceremony in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin, presided over by Andrew Doyle, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry.

The Wood Awards Ireland judging panel was chaired by Ciarán O’Connor, the State Architect.This year’s Irish Wood Awards received over forty entries across various categories with seventeen projects shortlisted.  All projects were reviewed, and permanent structures were visited before a shortlist of seventeen awards was agreed by the panel.  The shortlist included large and small-scale buildings, conservation projects, furniture, innovative wood design, international structures and exhibitions – all demonstrating excellence in wood construction, design and craftsmanship.

The juries selected an overall winner and six category winners as below.

OVERALL WINNER Samuel Beckett Civic CampusBallyogan Rd., Dublin Bucholz McEvoy Architects
LARGE SCALE BUILDINGS – Joint winners Samuel Beckett Civic CampusBallyogan Rd., Dublin Bucholz McEvoy Architects
Model School, National School, Inchicore Donaghy + Dimond Architects
FURNITURE WINNER Range of furniture at OPTICA, Dawson Street, Dublin Ryan Connolly, Connolly & Company
INNOVATION Magnus Celestii a temporary installation in Sculpture Park, Salisbury, England Joseph Walsh Studio
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT Wind and Rain Bridge, Peitian Village, Liancheng, Fujian Province China Don Holohan and woodworkers from Peitian area and architecture students, University of Hong Kong.


JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD Carmelite Prayer Room, St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin Niall McLoughlin Architects
Winner Bucholz McEvoy 2

Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Project at Ballyogan Road Dublin by Bucholz McEvoy

Speaking about the quality and innovation of the 2016 Wood Award Ireland winners Ciarán O’Connor, the State Architect, said, “We were delighted to see such an extraordinary diverse range of projects entered into the 2016 Wood Awards Ireland – which showcases the best use of wood in architecture and design.  We sought out innovation in design and excellence in execution and we found it.

“The Wood Awards like wood itself, is not singular or one dimensional.  There are many facets to this inherently sustainable materials from solid sections of hardwood and softwood along with engineered wood products. The projects explore the intrinsic physical properties of wood while also developing the inherent relationship between form, technology and the brief requirements of the client.  Wood has a rich and diverse history both to learn from and to learn about.  It requires respect and knowledge as well as art and science.  We would like to congratulate all of our very deserving wood artists, designers and architects.”

The Wood Award Ireland sculptures were designed by Ireland’s foremost sculptor Michael Warren. The Wood Awards Ireland 2016 are organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and supported by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).  The project receives funding and sponsorship from COFORD in the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council), Coillte, and Enterprise Ireland.  The WMF is a non-profit organisation founded in 1989 to promote wood and wood products sourced in sustainable managed forests.  WMF members include architects; engineers; designers; wood workers; State agencies; timber processors; timber preservation companies; researchers and educational bodies.

The Judging Panel for the 2016 Wood Awards Ireland was:

  • Ciaran O’Connor, State Architect and chairman
  • Dr. Sandra O’Connell, RIAI
  • Simon O’Driscoll, Simon O’Driscoll Furniture
  • Des O’Toole, Coillte
  • Margaret Walsh, Mike Shanahan & Associates
  • Sean Harrington, Sean Harrington Architects
  • John Winslow, Donnelly Turpin Architects
  • Neil Kerrigan, Enterprise Ireland
  • Donal Magner, WMF

For more information please visit www.wood.ie.



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