Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood

Architectural Resource Guide

Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building

Designed by noted Australian architect, Joseph Reed, and erected in 1880-1, the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Centre it is a fine early example of the use of timber in the structure and finish of a large classical style building in Australia.

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Sydney Opera House

The rich and extensive timber interiors, of the Sydney Opera House, an exemplary example of the use of plywood and laminated hardwood in a public building. Also discusses Utzon's original unbuilt proposal.

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Parliament House

Early in the design process for the Parliament House, the architects established that Australian timber would be employed widely for both aesthetic and practical reasons.

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Brambuk Living Cultural Centre

The design of the building, Brambuk, 'the White Cockatoo', is a fusion of holistic and organic architecture, the forms and elements of the building reflecting many influences from the culture of the local Aboriginal communities and the surrounding landscape.

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Uluru Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Located one kilometre to the south of Uluru in central Australia, Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre is intended to be a meeting place where the Anangu people of the western desert, the traditional custodians of the national park, can share their stories and traditional laws with visitors to the national park.

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Manilla Presbyterian Church

The architect of this small parish church at Manilla embraced plywood and exploited its natural finish and structural capacity as a shear skin in the elements of roof design.

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John XXIII College Chapel

The John XXIII Chapel continued the long tradition of timber construction in Australian ecclesiastical building.

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St Andrew's Anglican Church

A multi purpose church with curvaceous and segmented timber portal structure and veneered ceiling panels

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Store building

Economy governed much of the design for timber industrial buildings such as this. However, the confidence and technical skill in its design, the assured detailing and the fine 2:1 width to height proportion of this simple form endow this building with a strength and scale uncommon for buildings of this type.

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University Clubhouse

The brief for the Sunshine Coast University Club required a building that could provide varied functions and could also be expanded in the future. A tight budget + short building program resulted in much of structure being prefabricated and the use of steel being minimised.

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Domed Atrium

The centrepiece of Forestry Tasmania's new offices is a graceful glue laminated timber and steel dome.

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Sydney Showground Exhibition Building

One of the largest structures to be built at Homebush Bay for the Royal Agricultural Society and the 2000 Olympic Games is the timber dome and hall of the Exhibition Building.

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Suber Residence

A small house for Margot and Ken Suber that overlooks the Huon valley in Tasmania's south east. Reference to the Australian vernacular for building "sheds" - flimsy structures, clad in iron, underpins the architectural language of this house.

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Own House

Bud Brannigan's own house, in the suburban Brisbane suburb of St. Lucia, is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Queensland elevated lightweight timber house.

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Beach House

Integrated into the landscape, this linear and transparent timber beach house allows its external spaces to blend and penetrate its more regular living areas.

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Marina House

A private residence situated on the coastal area of North Haven , South Australia.

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Isaacson/Davis Beach House

A private beach house on the Mornington Peninsula that won the RAIA (Victorian Chapter) Architecture Medal for the design of the best building in the state.

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Mansion on Bourke

A Multi-storey Residential Timber Framed Construction (MRTFC) demonstrating the possibility of its use within an existing building via the addition of three new floors.

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