Landscape architect Nicholas Camerer, from
Fremantle’s Ecoscape in Western Australia, is the
winner of the first Intergrain Urban Timber Project.
Graduates and students pitched their designs for a
functional piece of urban furniture for a community
garden in Werribee Park, Victoria; a supportive
cross-cultural hub for locals and Karen refugees.
The challenge: to find imaginative ways to use
timber in a seat that invites the community to come
together. Camerer’s winning design, ‘Hatch,’
features a curved form and strong timber cross
beams, which can serve as a leaning rack for tools
and garden stakes when not being used as a seat.
Flashes of red, white
and blue on inner panels
represent the colours of
both Karen and
The bench is designed
for easy maintenance
and cleaning, and
existing curved space.
“I’m thrilled to win the first Intergrain Urban Timber
Project. I can’t wait to see my design brought to life
and used in the fantastic community garden at
Werribee Park,” says Camerer.
The design was chosen by a panel of industry
leaders, with AILA National President Daniel
Bennett, Street Furniture Australia’s custom product
manager Michelle Herbut, James Brincat from
Parks Victoria, and Intergrain’s Amanda Chalmers.
“Nicholas has done a great job of incorporating all
of the project elements, it is a well-considered
design,” says SFA judge Michelle Herbut.
“The seats look rustic and light, which I think will
suit the garden and the structure, and the pop of
colour is a nice addition. “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.”
The bench will be constructed by Street Furniture
Australia in Sydney, before its unveiling at the
Historic Farm Precinct at Werribee Park in 2016.
The park’s community kitchen garden is maintained
by volunteers, including refugees from the local
Karen community, who are survivors of the long
running war in Burma.
Karen volunteers are able to build up their skills in
horticulture and English through their work in the
garden, while sharing their culture with the
Judge Daniel Bennett says, “We were looking for a
design that would enhance this special and
valuable space in the Werribee Park community
garden, especially for the volunteers like the Karen
people. And Nicholas’ design achieves this
James Brincat adds, “The winning design will
undoubtedly contribute to and grow the valuable
sense of community in the garden.”
Intergrain trade brand manager Amanda Chalmers
says the judging panel was impressed by the
quality of entries in this first year of the competition,
especially the winning design.
“Hatch is a wonderfully thoughtful piece of furniture
that will become a place of reflection in the garden,
as well somewhere that brings the Karen people
closer with members of the public,” she says.
Camerer will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a
mentoring lunch with an industry professional, 50
litres of Intergrain product and a one year Graduate
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