Abodo’s Cardrona Cabin - the ‘chapel to craft’ - wins NZIA Small Project Architecture Award - Misc. AU
Abodo’s Cardrona Cabin - the ‘chapel to craft’ - wins NZIA Small Project Architecture Award

Abodo’s Cardrona Cabin - the ‘chapel to craft’ - wins NZIA Small Project Architecture Award

Following on from its win in the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Southern Branch awards, the Cardrona Cabin has gone on receive a New Zealand Architecture Award.

Words by Abodo

This latest acknowledgement in New Zealand’s leading architecture awards programme was announced recently at an awards ceremony in Christchurch.

Built as a showcase by eco-timber company, Abodo Wood, the Cardrona Cabin has become known as a ‘chapel to craft’.

The craft - in the Abodo eco-timbers used throughout, in the exceptional design by Assembly Architects which takes an abstracted gable form of a Central Otago stone shed, and in the build by Dunlop Builders who crafted every aspect with meticulous detail.

The relationship between all three, the material, the design and the construction – has resulted in this award-winning showcase (the cabin also recently won the Retail Category at the Interior Awards).

Most importantly, the showcase is just that. The cabin demonstrates the Abodo range of thermally modified timber products in practice: cladding, structure, linings, flooring, fenestration, joinery, furnishing and fence posts showcase the products.

Abodo timbers are sourced from rapidly renewable FSC® certified New Zealand plantations that help to mitigate climate change by absorbing vast amounts of carbon.

With extensive use of Vulcan timber in the interior and exterior, over 9 tonnes of carbon is stored in the Vulcan timber elements alone, dramatically offsetting the small amounts of concrete and structural steel used in the building.

Using state-of-the-art thermal modification and grain orientation technology, we can craft beautiful timbers that stand the test of time, reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, without disadvantaging future generations. 

Read more about this project here

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