Located in the Barangaroo complex, Sydney, International House Sydney is Australia’s first engineered timber office building. The structure has been constructed with 1750 pieces of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam), more than 20,000 screws, in just under a year.
Standing six floors tall, covering 7,000 sqm, the construction is a truly sustainable one. CLT, one of the key materials, has a lower carbon footprint than most other building materials, the production process is said to be zero waste, while timbers have been sourced from sustainably managed forests. Also, during construction, the structure did not require drilling or concrete pouring, keeping wastage and disturbance to a minimum.
The timber beams and floors within The House absorb noise, while large windows provide filtered sunlight, reducing the need for artificial light. The ceilings have an industrial look with exposed pipes, and a new metal air conditioning system that absorbs stale air immediately.
Experts are referring to these as the building materials of the future, as they match the traditional concrete and steel in strength and being fire resistant, and have the added advantage of providing pre-fabricated solutions, enabling savings in time and money. Also, Timber buildings such as this one provides great thermal performance, and can deliver considerable savings on utility bills (up to 25% decrease on electricity bills) as well.
Project lead by: Tzannes (Architects)