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A cardboard cathedral

St elmo Courts Office is a 5 storey office base isolated building which uses timber support beams.  The hybrid building is constructed from a mix of concrete, steel and wood. Merritt’s Office has a totally different feel to any other … Continue reading

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CLT and more wooden buildings

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is a beautiful teaching space constructed with beam and post LVL and plywood.   The 3 storey, 3000 m2 timber framed Arts and Media building utilises new generation earthquake‐resistant technology which consists of pairs … Continue reading

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Massey University and Nelson Pine Industries

The College of Creative Arts at Massey University, Wellington is constructed beautifully from laminated veneer lumber (LVL).  The building is designed for multiple uses and the timber allowed for this flexibility. The LVL box beams, which by nature of construction … Continue reading

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New Zealand Timber Design Awards

Day two took the Australian contingency of engineers, architects and a certain Planet Ark campaigner to the WoodSmart seminar at the New Zealand Timber Design Awards in Wellington. Coastlands Aquatic Centre took the main award due to its amazing 2000m2 … Continue reading

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Planes, Prefabrication and an Art Gallery

Day one of the New Zealand Wood Smart tour kicked off at the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki.  Its beautiful forecourt and gallery are made from tree like structures constructed from New Zealand Kauri folded into organic geometric forms … Continue reading

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New Zealand Wood Smart Tour March 2014

Next week, I’ll joining the WoodSmart Construction tour of New Zealand – a six day tour through Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.  I’m looking forward to visiting many timber buildings, especially the Auckland Art Gallery that won ‘World Building of … Continue reading

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Visiting Forte

Make It Wood participated in the WoodSolutions seminar yesterday which focused on building with cross laminate timber and included a visit Lend Lease’s Forte.  The build has been underway for less than a month and already includes two storeys of … Continue reading

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Acoustics on the bus

The final day of the WoodSolutions tour took Make It Wood and the Australian group of architects and engineers to West Ham bus garage, in Essex.  Built by Transport for London (TFL), the challenge was to design a huge garage … Continue reading

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Royalty, lords and plebians

Built for Lord Rothschild, Windmill Hill at Waddlesdon Manor (below), was designed as an archive and study centre with supporting offices and storage. Completed in June 2009 the property took 21 months. Paying tribute to the location’s working past is … Continue reading

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Plyscrapers

Andrew Waugh is probably the most enthusiastic designer of wood buildings in the UK.  When asked why? ‘I understand it is the architect’s responsibility to act to help reduce the effects of climate change.  Wood is the only viable alternative … Continue reading

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