Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre has been crowned a winner at the 2019 World Architecture Festival for its extensive timber detailing. The centre was designed by Advanced Timber Concepts Studio and iredale pedersen hook architects, and won the Use of Certified Timber Prize. The World Architecture Festival is the biggest of its kind and required architects to present to juries over a three-day period in Amsterdam last month. More than 1100 submitted projects were shortlisted to 300, with all built projects in 17 categories being eligible for the Use of Certified Timber Prize. ATC director Patrick Beale said his studio was contacted by the Shire of Pingelly about the PRACC project in late 2014. “The Shire wanted to amalgamate a range of sporting and community facilities in one building with a very limited budget,” he said. “We proposed that the project could be constructed using prefabricated engineered timber structural frame and locally available hardwood timber for cladding, flooring, decking and panelling.” The concept for the design was to create a simple building complex where a big veranda would act as a social space and grandstand, following the perimeter of the town oval. The festival’s jury were impressed with the “efficient and durable timber detailing, which delivers comfort and affordability for present and future users”. Mr Beale said he felt his team made a good presentation. “They had asked us some searching questions but the competition was stiff,” he said. “When it came time for the winning announcements to be made, we were both delighted and surprised to receive the award.” The hardwood timber used in the construction of the PRACC is yellow stringybark, which is grown in limited quantities in plantations around Manjimup and Pemberton. Iredale pedersen hook architects joined the design team in April 2016. Shire chief executive Julie Burton said the international award was a credit to the broader region. “The capacity to draw visitors, the vast options for the use of the facility and the use of sustainable timber showcases what is possible when the community comes together,” she said.