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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Expressing the traditional craftsmanship associated with bespoke furniture design, with a modern architectural twist, this new educational structure employs timber in unusual and unexpected ways.
The chapel’s hard, rectilinear stone and cool glass finishes are relieved and softened by ribbons of big-leaf maple veneer – visible from inside and out.
Architect Paul Haar has applied engineered timber products with elegance to address a massive structural challenge and create a warm but powerful architectural expression.
Archiblox lead the world with their collaborative creation of the first Carbon Positive House; sustainably sourced timber helping to minimise the embodied energy in construction.
The Carmarthen Place project comprises two apartments and an artist’s studio on a curved L-shaped brown-field site – accessed by a narrow alley to the rear of a terraced row of listed properties on Bermondsey Street
The client’s awareness that timber can become more beautiful with time and proper maintenance enabled this deceptively simple Colombian country home to be built.
Curling glulam beams are the centrepiece of the original architectural geometry of this guesthouse in environmentally sensitive surroundings.
High over Victoria’s Surf Coast, a new beach house is likened by its architect to “a tree house”.
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.