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    International house Sydney - Tzannes

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    Bavnehøj Youth House - WE architecture

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    Henan Longfu Life Experience Centre - A Universally-used Space Created by General Timbers and Techniques


Wood: a key element in architecture

Nav Pal
08 Oct 2019

Four outstanding global examples of the use of wood in architecture

The timber pavilion “Bris” (Swedish for ‘breeze’), was commissioned by the Carl Eldh Studio Museum, as part of an exhibition showcasing the architecture of Rahel Belatchew and the office Belatchew. Both Ragnar Östberg and Rahel Belatchew emphasize sustainability in their architecture, using natural and recycled building materials in their projects.

Located in Puyang County, the Longfu Life Experience Centre was commissioned by an eco-farm operator engaging in property development, who required a space to target consumers chasing a green lifestyle. It was vital that it was sustainable and built from natural materials, to match his corporate identity. Given the short lifespan of typical real-estate sales centres in China, LUO Studio also set out to develop a structure for that could be used in various ways, rather than limited to its primary function.

Using wood in an innovative and expressive way, Bavnehøj Allé seeks new and ambitious standards within affordable timber housing. Bavnehøj Allé consists of 40 one-room apartments on 38-45 m2, with an impressive ceiling height of 3 meters. All apartments are accompanied with either a generous balcony or terrace. The apartments are detailed with honest materials such as natural wood and raw concrete (load bearing construction).

International House Sydney is designed as a distinctive element in the city, a gateway to the new financial precinct of Barangaroo, responding to and benefiting both the public domain and its intended commercial users. Off-site prefabrication of timber elements allowed the building to be constructed 2 months faster than a concrete equivalent, quietly within an active financial district, utilizing a very small construction footprint. The building is rated 6 star Green Star and represents a true low carbon building outcome, both in construction and operation. 

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