Ecoscape is proud to announce that one of our Landscape Architects, Nick Camerer has won the Intergrain Urban Timber Project 2015 Furniture design competition, run nationally through AILA and AILA Fresh for recent university graduates consisting of “emerging landscape architects, landscape designers, industrial designers and planners”.
His stunning design entitled “Hatch” can be see in the slideshow below. When asked about the win Nick replied “I’m thrilled to win the first Intergrain Urban Timber Project. I can’t wait to see my design brought to life and used in the fantastic community garden at Werribee Park, where the growth of the users occurs alongside the growth of the plants.”
Here is his description of the piece in his submission:
“In what seems like(as far as I can tell from W.A.) a fantastic community garden at Werribee park, where the growth of the users occurs alongside the growth of the plants, the design I have created- ‘Hatch’, attempts to build upon strong existing elements, of the form, materiality, community inclusion, a comfortable and durable piece(s).
The design respects the limited space within the bamboo gazebo, hugging the outer edge, while providing an ideal seat height and width to sit at, to lean back on
your arms, and to engage with others upon. In this informal, circular setting, the community, including local school groups have a contained node, a medium, to chat about what they did on the weekend, as well as matters within the garden.
In a setting as glorious as Werribee park, timber is the best choice, reflecting that of the heritage, the gardens, as well as being a strong, natural and sustainable material. Supports to the ground is of HDG steel will work well to protect the timber from moisture/termites below. Timber finishes include Intergrain lowsheen finish, as well as the painting of 6 inner faces of the upper most structure(refer drawings), red, white and blue. This very subtle treatment represents many cultures around the world, but in particular here, that of the Karen People, and that of Australia. When the area is not in use by people, the structural cross beams, with spacing at 50mm can become a leaning rack for tools/stakes of the garden. Maintenance on the piece is very simple as after timber is finished, a soft brush will remove dirt from the top of the seat, and down the sides onto the ground.
‘Hatch’ – in its curved form, of strong vertical timber elements, with obvious structural pieces below creates a fruitfully simple piece, whilst being an interestingly technical bench. The specific curved form for the gazebo creates a communal space in this occasion, but if used in a public spaces across Australia, the form can be manipulated into any required shape, making it a versatile seating piece. Hugely appreciate the time taken to set this competition up, have enjoyed it a bunch!”
We are thrilled for Nick that he has been recognised for what we have always seen in him as a great designer and landscape architect and we are proud to have him on our landscape architecture team.