Australia’s first engineered timber office building sets new sustainability benchmark

lendleaseLendlease has announced plans for Australia’s first engineered timber office, setting a new benchmark in the use of sustainable building materials.


International House Sydney will be a uniquely sustainable and instantly recognisable business address. Acquired by Lend Lease International Towers Sydney Trust, the owner of Tower Two and Tower Three at Barangaroo, the building offers 6,850 square metres net lettable area (NLA) across six-storeys.


Andrew Wilson, Managing Director, Barangaroo South said “We are well on our way to creating Australia’s first large scale carbon neutral community and we are extremely proud to be delivering this exciting building.


“International House Sydney fronts directly onto Exchange Square, an entry point into the precinct, and will be a symbol of innovation and sustainability greeting some 33,000 daily visitors as they emerge from Wynyard Walk.”


Designed by Jonathan Evans and Alec Tzannes, from awarded architectural practice Tzannes, International House Sydney is set to become an instantly recognisable icon.


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Exterior Colour: More than Simply Decoration

Colour and architecture should go hand in hand. So why do so many architects dismiss the importance of colour as mere decoration? Avoiding using colour means missing out on more than just its decorative capabilities.


Colour can have a profound psychological and physiological impact on users of the built environment. Therefore, colour can be used effectively to create more user-supportive environments through the purposeful application of colour.


Strategic use of colour has many benefits. Colour conveys messages of all kinds and performs a wide variety of functions such as setting a tone, conveying a particular style or image, guiding the eye where it needs to go, informing, organizing or warning.


Colour can be used to direct movement through a space. For instance, roll out a red carpet and people will walk along it. Research has shown that people will tend congregate in areas where there is colour in deference to areas where there is a lack of colour. We associate colours with emotions because often it is hard to say what we actually feel.  Colours connect to our feelings in a memorable and unique way.


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The Building Evolution Revolution


Buildings used to be large, dumb constructions of concrete and steel designed with a specific utility in mind – usually to cram as many people as possible into the smallest possible space without sacrificing safety and productivity. Times have changed with a realisation that great buildings can be self sufficient, operating independently of electricity grids and other infrastructure, and incredibly comfortable.


Apple’s new campus, being built in Cupertino, is being constructed with their characteristic attention to detail. While choices about exactly what timber is to be used – all of the interior wood is to be harvested from a specific species of maple, and only finer quality ‘heartwood’ at the centre of the trees will be used – the 1600 metre round building that’s been dubbed “the spaceship”, will have its entire roof covered with solar panels and be designed so that it will be able to operate without air-conditioning 70% of the time.


Closer to home, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will not only be one of the most expensive buildings ever constructed but it will also be one of the most advanced.


The 11 storey edifice, which will be finished during 2016, will be one of the country’s greenest and most technologically advanced hospitals, with a purpose-designed ICT engine that integrates patient records, and clinical, patient and facilities management support systems.


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UN report pushes for wood in construction

Wood in ConstructionUsing wood and wood-based materials in construction and products in place of non-renewable materials like concrete, metal, brick and plastic could lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.


The July 2016 report, titled Forestry for a low-carbon future: Integrating forests and wood products in climate change strategies, has highlighted the important role that green or resource-efficient wood-based buildings will play in the transition to a sustainable built environment while delivering economic benefits.


In 2010, the building sector was responsible for about 32 percent of global energy consumption, 19 percent of energy-related CO2 emissions and 51 percent of global electricity consumption, according to the findings of the report.


The report says increasing the use of wood in construction and building products will result in lowering greenhouse gas emissions because of wood’s ability to store carbon, and because of the low level of emissions released during the industrial processing of wood compared to manufacturing other materials such as cement and steel.


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by Louisa Wright | ARCHITECTUREAU

Crystal Hall - Australian Museum

Rachel Neeson said the Crystal Hall needed to meet a range of project objectives required by the Australian Museum.


Architecturally, it should provide maximum transparency (recasting the Museum as an open living room); respect the historic fabric of the Museum; provide an additional new 120 square metre outdoor ‘hall’; allow flexible use now and for the future – reception by day, new function centre for Sydney by night; be environmentally intelligent; have capacity for display and projection; and, provide continuity of the William Street curtilage as a landscaped whole.


Functionally, it should: be equally accessible to all; re-orient the building back to William Street; and accommodate visitors queuing comfortably and safely within the AM site.


Internally, it should improve the use of spaces within the existing Museum, including significantly enhancing internal circulation, and allow the reinstatement of the old College Street entrance as a part of 630 square metre gallery.


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