Monthly Archives: March 2014

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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