WoodSolutions focuses on buildings that use timber in innovative ways, pushing the boundaries of this most versatile of building materials. Advances in engineered wood products and in treatments for timber mean that timber can now be used where steel, concrete or aluminium were once the only options. The development of products such as LVL beams, glulam and cross-laminated timber means that entire buildings can be constructed in timber, often with superior strength and durability, and always with the aesthetic properties of this most natural of building materials.
The innovative buildings featured here push timber's already vast range of applications to new heights and lengths, revealing that the imagination is the only limit to how timber and timber products can be used to create buildings of significance and beauty.
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Cottage Point House is located in an isolated settlement within Ku-ring-gai National Park on the waterfront of Coal and Candle Creek. The site is oriented east over the shallow bay, facing the weathered horizontal sandstone escarpments.
Conversion of a farm dairy into one of Britain’s most highly awarded timber houses – using a previously untried solid wood and glass construction technique.
The durability and warmth of timber supports the University of Melbourne’s model, providing a new learning landscape at the Eastern Precinct Student Centre.
El Ray is one of five beach houses located to the east of the huge and brooding Dungeness, a nuclear power station on England’s Kentish coast. The house started life as a converted railway carriage, and now sits inside a contemporary timber structure.
A series of architecturally distinctive timber-based art studios form the basis of a sociological and economic experiment off the Canadian east coast
Forte Living is a 10 storey apartment building made from cross laminated timber (CLT), an innovative new timber construction material.
The Giidany Miirlarl Education Space at Muttonbird Island provides a dynamic public place for social interaction, storytelling, learning and rest.
This set of three small buildings and the spaces between provides a second home for a young family within a forest clearing overlooking Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.
The Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat at Tallebudgera in southern Queensland will eventually include more than 40 treatment rooms, numerous preparation areas and relaxation zones.
For the fashion house Hermes’ 334th store worldwide, but the first on the Left Bank of Paris it chose timber and an elegant 1930s apartment building on Rue de Sevre.
This contemporary home on a steep slope north of Sydney combines steel and timber to achieve an award-winning ‘traditional’ Pittwater cottage result.
In Roseville College's Joy Yeo Performing Arts Centre, the use of Jarrah and Rose Gum pleases the ear as well as the eye.