The Rye Apartments take Gold Award at Wood Awards 2020
25 November 2020
A two-block apartment development on the edge of Peckham Rye Park in London has won this year’s highest accolade from the UK’s Wood Awards.
London-based practice Tikari Works acted as architects, contractors and developers for the Rye Apartments, two shingle-clad apartment blocks of 10 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that attracted praise from the awards’ judges for their wooden interiors.
“The design process was informed by the construction process from the onset,” said architect Jim Greaves, the head of the Wood Awards’ jury. Greaves said that the jury had been impressed by Tikari’s use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) for the superstructure, staircase and internal walls of the blocks.
Tikari left these CLT sections exposed, complementing them with spruce and white-washed ash timber joinery. The use of CLT was also praised by the jury for its efficiency in reducing building time, producing a lower carbon footprint, and providing insulating qualities.
Founded in 1971, the Wood Awards aims to recognise and encourage outstanding and innovative uses of wood in architecture and product design. This year’s furniture and product winners include Marlène Huissoud’s Beehave bee hive and Daniel Schofield’s Tenon table by Ercol.
Within architecture, the awards recognised the National Automotive Innovation Centre by Cullinan Studio and CaSA Architects for their Brockeridge Stair, amongst other projects.