And the top prize in the UK wood award goes to a fishing hut

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fishing hut

credit: UK Wood Awards

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The Fishing Hut


The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Now one could argue the point that there are other naturally sustainable building materials, such as cork, bamboo, hemp and straw, but wood certainly is up there, and is one of our favorites. And like the big prize winner in Canada, the Grotto Sauna by Partisans, the first prize goes to a very expensive and beautiful little folly that gets used occasionally, a fishing hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects.

The client wanted a secure place to store boats and fishing tackle that could also function as a meeting place and shelter for anglers. To facilitate moving boats in and out of the water a covered mooring was required. The building was to be used intermittently during the trout-fishing season from late April to September.

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