Australian wood care brand Intergrain, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), launched the national design competition as a challenge to the new generation of Australian landscape and design professionals to design a functional piece of urban furniture for the community garden in Werribee Park, Victoria.

The winner, titled ‘Hatch’, was chosen by an esteemed panel comprising of renowned industry leaders including Daniel Bennett, AILA National President and landscape architect, design and transport manager for the Adelaide City Council, Michelle Herbut, custom product manager at Street Furniture Australia, James Brincat from Parks Victoria, and Amanda Chalmers, senior brand manager at Intergrain Timber Finishes.

A versatile timber bench with a curved form and strong vertical timber elements – “˜Hatch’ is an impressive yet simple piece. The curved shape has been carefully considered to enhance the communal space while the timber reflects the heritage of the garden as well as being a strong, natural, and sustainable material.

“I’m thrilled to win the first Intergrain Urban Timber Project,” Mr Camerer said.

“I can’t wait to see my design brought to life and to be used in the fantastic community garden at Werribee Park,” says Camerer.

Camerer’s winning design will now be constructed by iconic Australian design manufacturer Street Furniture Australia – before being revealed at the Historic Farm Precinct at Werribee Park in April 2016.

“The natural aesthetic of the timber is really showcased by using wide planks of hardwood and will only be highlighted further by coating it in oil. We are looking forward to manufacturing it for Nicholas,” Ms Herbut said.

In addition to the recognition of having a design brought to life for the public, Camerer receives a $2,000 cash prize, an exclusive mentoring lunch with a renowned industry professional, 50 L of Intergrain product, and a one year graduate AILA membership.

The winning design will be unveiled in April 2016. Visit the Intergrain website for more details.
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