2009 Winners

The 2009 Australian Timber Design Awards grand prize was awarded to Brian Hooper Architect & m3architecture (architects in association) for the Tree of Knowledge Memorial in Barcaldine, Queensland. The structure memorialises the tree under which, so legend has it, the Australian Labor Party was founded in 1891. It is made up of over 4913 individual timber members produced from recycled telegraph poles and verified by Timber Queensland against the new recycled timber standards. The memorial consists of a dead, preserved ghost gum tree at the heart of a square frame. Logs hang from the ceiling of the frame in imitation of the canopy of a tree; and charcoaled external timbers create a "veil" around the dead tree.
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