WoodSolutions features case studies of renovations and additions that utilise timber for its sustainability, beauty, flexibility and ease-of-use. As one of the booming areas of the architecture, design and building industry, renovations and additions provide an excellent arena in which to showcase all the advantages of using timber in structural, external and internal applications.
Architects and designers are finding that, increasingly, clients want renovations or additions that use sustainable building practices and materials, and timber ticks all the boxes. Not only is timber a renewable resource, it has low embodied energy, is a carbon store, and has excellent thermal properties. It is also lightweight and flexible, making it easy to transport and for builders to work with on site, meaning that timber is both an economical and attractive choice for renovations and additions.
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The Grand Atrium of the Auckland Museum has opened after a long-awaited renovation.
Developed to cater to multiple different sporting codes, the Saxton Field Sports Stadium also provides for recreational events.
The new Wellington Zoo amphitheatre is designed to be either open or closed to the open air.
The new junior school for Camberwell Girls Grammar is designed around a Learning Commons.
The construction detailing captures the beauty of natural materials through craftsmanship. Structure and materials are revealed and the form reduced to essential elements.
Showcasing the typical burnt-cedar cladding, the Barn House extension is a modern building that nonetheless sits comfortably within the traditional structures of the area.
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.
A derelict century-old wharf shed in Cairns is transformed into the state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Cruise Liner Terminal (CLT), function and exhibition space.
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 early 20th century artists whose work is celebrated in the museum were inspired by the village’s seemingly timeless traditions of craftsmanship, particularly in wood.
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.
An elegant canopy over the façade defines the new Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.