HAUT can be called “the best timber building in the Netherlands”. It has won the overall jury prize of the Dutch Timber Construction Award. Jury member Eric de Munck (Centrum Hout) praises the architecture, which has an ‘international allure’. “The openness before, during and after construction by all parties involved, including construction company J.P. van Eesteren and certainly developer Lingotto is an example for everyone. The many technical challenges the team encountered have been shared with everyone, increasing knowledge in the industry.”
HAUT did not win in the category it was nominated in – Serial Timber Construction – because the jury thinks it unlikely that such a building will be made any time soon: “This is due to the specific shape of the plot on which the building had to be built, the specific soil conditions and the high house prices in Amsterdam, that made the construction of this exceptionally beautifully designed building profitable.” This didn’t prevent HAUT from winning the overall prize. The category award went to apartment building M’DAM, a four story module construction in Monickendam, designed by Finch Buildings.
The other great winner of the Timber Awards was HAVEP, an office and warehouse building by Paul de Ruiter Architects. This building won in the category Commercial Buildings, as well as the popular vote.
About the Dutch Timber Award
The Dutch Timber Construction Award (Nationale Houtbouwprijs) aims to stimulate attention and interest in building with wood in the Netherlands. They do this by awarding a prize to the most striking, technically interesting and progressive projects in the field of wood construction. The award is an initiative of the independent trade journal Het Houtblad, published by Eisma Bouwmedia. The winners were announced on 15 November, during the Houtdag 2022 in Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht.