Exemplar Projects

Responsibly sourced wood is a great choice as a building material.  Not only does it help tackle climate change due to its ability to store carbon and its low embodied energy, but it is a great thermal insulator, easy to use, durable, renewable and recyclable.

Have a look at the following exemplar buildings that have used wood in their construction.

International House Sydney, Barangaroo, NSW

International House © Lendlease

Lendlease's International House Sydney (IHS) is Australia's first commercial and largest engineered timber building. Designed by Tzannes architects, IHS is a distinctive new element in the city, intended to establish a warm and welcoming connection between the new harbour precinct of Barangaroo and the heart of the city. Read more about International House Sydney

Macquarie University Innovation Hub, North Ryde, NSW

Macquarie University Innovation Hub © David Rowlinson

In a fitting testimony to its purpose, Macquarie University's new Innovation Hub was mostly pre-fabricated offsite, and the entire onsite build and fitout completed in five months. Read more about Macquarie University's Innovation Hub

Bendigo Hospital, Bendigo, Victoria

Bendigo Hospital © David Rowlinson

The internal street within the Bendigo Hospital aims to create a close relationship with nature. As a key public space within the facility, the space demonstrates how the selection of natural materials like timber can enhance the wellbeing and comfort of visitors, patients and staff. Read more...

Northern Goldfields Regional Office and Admin Building, Leonora, WA

Northern Goldfields Regional Office and Admin Building © David Rowlinson

The Northern Goldfields Regional Office and Admin Building houses the Department of Child Protection, the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, doctors and health workers, public internet facilities, and art gallery and function/meeting rooms. Temperatures in summer can be extreme, and neither the landscape, with its sparse vegetation, nor the traditional built environment offer much by way of respite, comfort or pleasure. See more about Northern Goldfields project

Dynamics in Impermanence, Bondi, NSW

Dynamics in Impermanence © David Rowlinson

Produced for an exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, this piece is a freestanding pavilion constructed from birch plywood. The pavilion has been developed as two halves of a shell. Each half is a flexible, continuous sheet of plywood, which has been cut to a precise pattern to exploit the flexibility of plywood whilst maintaining its structural integrity. Read more about Dynamics in Impermanence

Bold Park Aquatic Centre, City Beach, WA

Bold Park Aquatic Centre © David Rowlinson

The designers of Bold Park Aquatic Centre selected timber as the major structural element as it is the physical embodiment of sustainability. In particular, they wanted to use the public building to help create a higher level of awareness of sustainable building. Read more about Bold Park Aquatic Centre project

Marist College, Bendigo, Vic

Marist College, Bendigo © David Rowlinson

The winners of the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced at a gala dinner on 15th September at Luna Park in Sydney. The Sustainability Category, sponsored by Planet Ark and presented by CEO Paul Klemenko, was awarded to Matt Dwyer from Y2 Architecture and Paul Waddell from Three Acres Landscape Architecture for the Marist College Bendigo Montagne Centre. Read more about Marist College Bendigo

International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour, NSW

ICC Darling Harbour © David Rowlinson

Joint venture partners HASSELL + Populous have worked together to design a world class convention, exhibition and entertainment venue for Sydney, with inspiration from the site's spectacular city and harbour surrounds as well as Cockle Bay's history. Read more about ICC Darling Harbour

John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School Senior Learning Centre, Mirrabooka, WA

JSRACS Senior Learning Centre © David Rowlinson

The brief for the JSRACS Senior learning Centre called for a substantial building that outwardly communicates its intended purpose that of a higher tertiary level learning centre for young adults with an architecture that promotes a sense of community that is founded on principles of flexibility, nurturing, school community and life-long learning. Read more abut JSRACS Senior Learning Project

Woodleigh School Senior Homestead, Langwarrin South, Vic

Woodleigh School Senior Homestead © David Rowlinson

The timber used in the Woodleigh Senior Homestead is the central design element and pivotal to the architectural expression of the project. The inspiration for the use of timber was derived from both the beautiful natural landscaped setting of the buildings and the desire to use warm and tactile materials to express the structure both inside and out. Read more about Woodleigh School Senior Homestead

Ronald McDonald House, Nedlands, WA

Ronald McDonald House © David Rowlinson

Ronald McDonald House achieved the international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating, the first LEED rated building in WA and the fifth in Australia. Read more about Ronald McDonald House project

UTAS Student Residences, Inveresk, Tas

UTAS Student Residences © David Rowlinson

This three storey student accommodation building, which provides 120 self-contained apartments, was constructed from a system of prefabricated timber-framed boxes stacked upon each other without the need for additional support structure. Read more about UTAS student residences project

106 Flinders St, Melbourne, Vic

106 Flinders St © David Rowlinson

106 Flinders St was designed as a cabin laboratory for an architectural physicist in Melbourne's CBD. The client wanted a versatile workspace that would not only enhance mental performance, but also function as a meeting and entertaining space when required. Read more about 106 Flinders St project

Saffire Resort, Freycinet, Tasmania

Saffire Resort, Tasmania © David Rowlinson

Situated on the east coast of Tasmania, overlooking Great Oyster Bay, this iconic 20-suite resort features stunning context-sensitive use of timber. The exquisite curves of the wide span timber ceilings evoke a connection to the sea through references to waves, sea creatures, sand dunes and a flowing organic form. Read more about Saffire Resort project

Forte, Docklands Wharf, Melbourne, Vic

Forte Building Docklands Melbourne

Until recently, at just over 32 metres tall, Forté was the tallest residential timber apartment building in the world. By using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Forté, reduces CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes when compared to concrete and steel - the equivalent of removing 345 cars from our roads. Read more about about Forté

The Gardens at Campbelltown, NSW

The Gardens at Campbelltown © Strongbuild

The first shipment of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) has arrived on site for what will become Australia's largest tall timber building, consuming nearly 3000 cubic metres of CLT, currently being constructed in Campbelltown, NSW. Read more about The Gardens at Campbelltown

Library at the Docks, Victoria Harbour, Vic

The Library at the Dock © Lendlease

Setting new environmental benchmarks, the Library at The Dock is Australia's most sustainable community building, constructed primarily from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and recycled hardwood. Read more about the Library at the Dock

Meyer Timber Head Office, St Marys, NSW

Meyer Timber NSW © Tyrone Branigan

The new headquarters for Meyer Timber in St Marys, NSW, was built using Timber Building Systems - a post-tensioned panelised timber prefabricated building system developed for use in multi-level residential and commercial buildings. Read more about Meyer Timber Head Office

Munroe Ocean Beach House, Blairgowrie, Vic

Munroe Ocean Beach House © David Rowlinson

Situated in the ocean beach environs of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, this house presents itself as a robust, tactile and refined combination of timber and raw concrete. Its understated presence embraces the coastal landscape through the extensive use of natural timber, sitting harmoniously amongst the tones of the local indigenous vegetation, whilst privacy is created through a thoughtful combination of solid walls and operable timber screens. Read more...

Rhythm House, West Brunswick, Vic

Rhythm House © David Rowlinson

Living with like-minded individuals creates a comfortable and welcoming environment. But a residential project in Melbourne demonstrates that a well-designed space can accommodate diversity side-by-side with similarity. Read more about Rhythm House project

CLT House, Maianbar, NSW

CLT House, Maianbar, NSW © David Rowlinson

Ecobuild Design recently completed the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) house in Australia at Maianbar, NSW. 95 per cent of the structure is CLT, which was prefabricated offsite and erected in eight days. Read more about CLT House Maianbar project

Swadling House, Matraville, NSW

Swadling House © Ian Wingrove Assoc

This is a one of a kind house in Australia as it not only combines recycled and reclaimed hardwood timber floor boards, stairs, internal and external cladding, furniture and doors, but also the roof, walls, ceiling and flooring are sustainably engineered Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). Read more about Swadling House

Mosman Bay House, Mosman Park, WA

Mosman Bay House © David Rowlinson

Mosman Bay hose is located on a challenging long, narrow site with and east west orientation. This greatly influenced the environmental design of the house, maximising the relationship of interior spaces to collect passive heat gain in winter. Read more about Mosman Bay House project

Light House, Aireys Inlet, Vic

Light House © David Rowlinson

Light House is a small residence that has incorporated dual use of spaces to constrain the building footprint and retain outdoor space and existing vegetation. The widespread use of timber enabled the building to be prefabricated providing higher construction tolerances that reduced waste and site impacts of noise and light pollution. Read more about Light House project

Tempe House, Tempe, NSW

Tempe House © David Rowlinson

Tempe House was intentionally designed to be small to minimise its environmental impact and construction budget. The designer was able to reduce the impact of the development by careful retention and restoration of the existing dwelling, including the original kitchen and bathroom locations, and the rationalisation of the floor plan to create a single line of circulation and a small, efficient staircase. Importantly, the orientation of the design maximised the northern and western openings to capture winter sunlight and summer breezes. Read more about Tempe House project