Carla Jooste was chosen by an international Jury as the winner of the Timber Competition, with the aim to motivate young South African Architects to design a modern sustainable timber construction. The Competition organized by HWZ International SA was open to all South African Architects under the age of 35. Visit the Competition’s homepage and look at the 10 inspiring designs which was submitted in the final as well as Carla Jooste’s winning project.
The Hout Bay House is a showhouse and international research project built from CLT (cross laminated timber) located in Cape Town. The house is open to architects and public interested in green building and shows how a modern timver construction performs in the climatic conditions of Western Cape.
“As an Architect, I would love to live in a Timber house. I believe, timber construction has the ability to bring warmth and a feeling of “being grounded” in a space. A home is a place of warmth, memories and inspiration and therefore incorporating timber into such a special and significant place would be ideal.”, says Carla Jooste, winner of the Timber Competition who have just spent several days with the Prodesi/Domesi Architects in the Czech Republic, visited the Novatop CLT production and met the team who offers sustainable building solutions for the South African Market in cooperation with HWZi.
Hout Bay House research project is focused on exploring unique type of timber construction located in Western Cape. The main objective is to evaluate wood degradation after exposure to weathering process in specific climatic conditions of South Africa and compare the performance of treated and untreated wood.
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The idea to organise a competition was in the minds of HWZ international team for a long time. After the success of the Hout Bay House research project, which won the attention of many architects and the public. After meeting many motivated architects and students, during events that we have hosted at Hout Bay House and those that attended the annual Wood Conference, we decided to offer young architects a platform in which they have chance to design with sustainable materials.
In an effort to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable building, the Wood Student Foundation, the Hout Bay House research project, and HWZ International SA joined forces to launch their timber competition for aspiring and current architects in August of 2018. Now as the close of June nears, jury members, Pavel Horák, Ivan Jonker, Mano Kalos, and Richard Stretton, face the difficult task of choosing only one design out of the 10 notable final projects.
“People working in spaces with high proportions of wooden surfaces have a heightened sense of wellbeing and productivity. They’re also more likely to find their workplaces relaxing, inviting and energising,“ Canberra University professor Jacki Schirmer explained benefits of opened „woodland“ work space in her research How wood can help create healthier workplace.