Buildings that use timber and wood products are not just sustainable, strong and durable; they are also beautiful. WoodSolutions looks at the almost limitless features and finishes that enhance wood's appearance and performance, from the natural grain and growth ring features of many timber species to the understated beauty of untreated plywood; from the warmth of timber flooring to the combined looks and strength of structural LVL and glulam.
Advances in the products that are available to treat and finish timber mean that there is now a timber for every context, from external cladding that withstands the most extreme climate to more decorative applications such as cabinetry and joinery. The buildings featured here use timber for its strength, durability and versatility, as well as for its high aesthetic quality. And timber is the only building material that has this winning combination, plus much, much more.
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It doesn’t take long to realise that one of the most avant-garde and satirical designers in Australasia actually has a rather introverted and reclusive personality
The Weberhaus conference centre uses a huge amount of wood in its sustainable construction.
This home just off the coast from Melbourne has many unique features – not least its history as a chicory kiln and the reuse of an artwork as ceiling lining.
The Residential Care Home in Graz, Austria, creates a bright, natural atmosphere through extensive wood construction.
A new pavilion in an existing complex, the Mountain Home has a warm interior to encourage family life.
The strongly timber-influenced research centre was the first stage in a strategic master plan by architects Johnson Pilton Walker to guide development on the school’s 10 ha site.
Abigroup House, Brisbane Cox Rayner Architects have created an interior that presents Abigroup as a forward-thinking building company, and timber is a highly visible contribution to this effect.
Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL Architects challenge the typical green checklist by creating a passively sustainable building focused on natural ventilation and material choices
Centre piece to a composition of buildings this 2 storey timber framed and clad building sits in a courtyard between to 2 storey precast concrete structures.
Like so many designers from the North American West Coast, with its abundant Douglas fir and western red cedar forests, Keith Baker requires no encouragement to use timber and nor, he says, do most of his clients.
The Office Building for Eric Boulanger utilises wood as a structural material throughout its construction.
The construction detailing captures the beauty of natural materials through craftsmanship. Structure and materials are revealed and the form reduced to essential elements.