img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Wood Awards 2015: Commercial and Leisure

WINNER

Constellations Bar, Liverpool

The bar creates a sense of enclosure.
The bar creates a sense of enclosure.

This timber canopy forms an outdoor venue occupying a disused industrial recycling yard in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. Brothers Hugh and Howard Miller, a furniture maker and an architect, collaborated on the design and making of this project which went from initial idea to opening in just over three months.

Inspiration for the design comes from the remaining gables of a burnt-out warehouse that form a backdrop, reflecting the pitches in the profile of the canopy. The structure is supported by a set of 10 ‘quadrapods’ – doubled A-frame supports – made from green oak. Each one incorporates a table or bench as well as supporting the load of the canopy via glulam beams, which project from the roof to form a wing-shaped rain spout.

  • Roof pitches  echo those of the remaining walls.
    Roof pitches echo those of the remaining walls.
  • Trestles that support the roof double as seating.
    Trestles that support the roof double as seating.
12

Green oak furniture, conceived as a set of tessellating components, populates the courtyard garden, along with planted one-tonne builders’ bags which are designed to be easily movable.  The judges were impressed by the boldness of the scheme, the attention to detail and the iterative model making in this imaginative project, which was a real labour of love.

Location: Liverpool
Architect: Howard Miller Design
Structural engineer: Materian
Main contractor/builder: Hugh Miller Furniture
Joinery: Hugh Miller Furniture
Wood supplier: Materian
Client/owner: Constellations
Timber: Welsh green oak, TR26 softwood roofing timber, OSB3 boards, Norwegian spruce glulam beams


SHORTLISTED

Canary Wharf Crossrail

Location: London

Architect: Foster + Partners

 

BSkyB Believe in Better Building

Location: London

Architect: Arup Associates

 

  • Canary Wharf Crossrail.
    Canary Wharf Crossrail.
  • BSkyB Believe in Better Building.
    BSkyB Believe in Better Building.
12

Latest

Steel is resilient, but fire still poses a risk. Specifying a frameless encasement system from a single manufacturer can help keep compliance and installation simple

Sourcing a frameless encasement system from a single manufacturer makes sense

A new BBA-certified membrane system is providing specifiers with a hydro-reactive and self-healing method of protecting underground structures

Discover the new hydro-reactive and self-healing product that protects underground structures

From working kitchens and tap displays to seminars and 'Grab and Go' samples, the RAK Ceramics' new Design Hub in Clerkenwell lets architects get hands-on with washroom products

RAK Ceramics opens London Design Hub

An innovative installation at Make architects' red brick HM Revenue & Customs offices in Salford manages the people flow with ease while providing a bold, spacious entrance

Innovative installations at Make's Three New Bailey, Salford

As well as having high embodied carbon, concrete is also draining the world's supplies of fine-grained sand. Now researchers have shown that recycled glass could provide a suitable replacement for 3D-printed buildings

With concrete production draining world supplies of fine-grained sand, recycled glass could provide a substitute