Made From Wood

Auchenflower Greener Kitchen, Brisbane

This kitchen renovation for a private residence is in the Inner Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower

This kitchen renovation for a private residence in the Inner Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower was constructed from recycled timber and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood panel products.

Barwon House, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

Barwon House, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

Designed by Auhaus Architecture, Barwon House is an extensive renovation of a tiny weatherboard beach shack at Barwon Heads in the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria.

Castlecrag Residence, NSW

Castlecrag Residence, NSW

Castlecrag Residence in Australian Capital Territory is a cellular and inward-looking mid-20th century brick bungalow that has undergone a vast transformation

House Earlwood, Sydney, NSW

House Earlwood, Sydney, NSW

House Earlwood, located in Sydney's inner west has been designed by Architect Eva-Marie Prineas for a Swiss couple with two children.

Forte, Docklands Wharf, Melbourne

Forte, Docklands Wharf, Melbourne

Forte is the tallest residential timber apartment building in the world - at 32.17 metres tall.

Strange House, London, England

Strange House, London, England

Strange House is a small, relatively low-cost cross laminated timber home which sits within existing walls on a constrained site in south east London.

Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards

Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards

Mark Riley has been shaping balsawood surfboards since 1996. Every board is custom built by hand, unique and made from the highest quality Balsa wood.

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.

It is also produces beautiful, aesthetically pleasing results.  It can be used to make items as varied as iPad cases and surfboards to homes and multi-story office blocks. To demonstrate its wide range of uses, looks and feels we have drawn together a range of case studies that showcase the many products built from wood.  

Have a look at the following examples of buildings within Australia and across the world that have used wood in their construction.

Forte, Docklands Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria

Forte Building Docklands Melbourne

Forté is the tallest residential timber apartment building in the world - at 32.17 metres tall. By using cross-laminated timber, 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...

Barwon House, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

Barwon House © IanBridges

Barwon Heads in the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria. The renovation transforms the main house and adds a new guest pavilion, linked by a timber deck. Read more about Barwon House...

Berry Mountain House, South Coast, NSW

Berry Mountain House

Berry Mountain House is a new house built into the side of Berry Mountain. Designed and built by A&V Moras Constructions Pty Ltd it is a modern architectural home with the ambience of a country mountain lodge. Timber was sourced from an old bridge structure. Read more about Berry Mountain House...

Castlecrag Residence, NSW

Castlecrag Residence, NSW

Designed by CplusC Architectural Workshop, Castlecrag Residence in Australian Capital Territory is a cellular and inward-looking mid-20th century brick bungalow that has undergone a vast transformation to a sustainable wood home for a modern family. Read more about Castlecrag Residence...

House Earlwood, Sydney, NSW

House Earlwood

House Earlwood, located in Sydney's inner west has been designed by Architect Eva-Marie Prineas for a Swiss couple with two children. The timber box is a play on the traditional building methods of the buildings from their childhood memories. Read more about House Earlwood...

Harris Street House, Sydney, NSW

Harris Street House, Sydney, NSW

Harris Street House in Pyrmont, NSW has been designed by Philip Abram Architects to reflect a modern large-scale timber cabinet, transforming a late Victorian terrace front and 1970s brick veneer. All doors and windows are timber framed, chosen for aesthetic, acoustic and thermal properties. Read more about Harris Street House...

Ruskin Street Townhouse, Elwood, Victoria

Ruskin Street Townhouse, Elwood, Victoria

Designed by Marcus O'Reilly Architects, this 5-unit medium-density housing has been designed to contribute and improve the existing streetscape of a quiet tree lined street in Elwood, Victoria. Timber was chosen for its natural beauty and its ability to manipulate on site. Read more about Ruskin Street Townhouse...

Trunk House, Victoria

Trunk House, Victoria

Designed by Paul Morgan Architects, Trunk House is a small cabin set in a beautiful forest in Victoria. The home maximises the isolation of the forest, and the closeness of the birdlife using wood in an ingenious way. Read more about Trunk House...

Auchenflower Greener Kitchen, Brisbane

Auchenflower Kitchen

This kitchen renovation for a private residence in the Inner Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower was constructed from recycled timber and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood panel products. The kitchen was designed by Druce Davey of Greener Kitchens Read more about Auchenflower Greener Kitchen...

Jamie Oliver's Mobile Kitchen, Queensland

Jamie Oliver's Mobile Kitchen, Queensland

The Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood panel products and locally sourced recycled timber from an old worker's cottage and a run down sugar warehouse. Read more about Jamie Oliver's Mobile Kitchen...

The Framehouse, Hackney, England

The Framehouse, Hackney, England

Designed by Heathrow Terminal 5 architect Marcus Lee this two-storey eco-family home is situated in a deprived area of Hackney in NE London. The house shows off the beauty of open post and beam frame and was built with wood as speed was of the essence. Read more about the Framehouse...

Strange House, London, England

Strange House, London, England

Strange House is a small, relatively low-cost cross laminated timber home which sits within existing walls on a constrained site in south east London. It uses certified European softwood and crafted tropical hardwood felled from a hurricane. It was built within a week. Read more about Strange House...

Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards

Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards

Mark Riley has been shaping balsawood surfboards since 1996. Every board is custom built by hand, unique and made from the highest quality Balsa wood. Mark uses Balsa wood because it is fast growing, sustainable, light, strong whilst easy to cut and shape. Read more about Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards...

Wood First Policies

Mossbourne Academy © Chris Philpot

Local, state and national governments around the world are working hard to find ways to help tackle climate change. Some countries such as Canada, France, Finland, New Zealand, Slovenia and the UK are beginning to realise that an increased use of wood in building can be beneficial on a number of levels and have introduced policies to encourage the amount of wood in buildings. Read more...