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.

Bunjil Place, Narre Warren, Vic

Winner of the Grand Prix in the 2018 Australian Timber Design Awards

Bunjil Place is a multipurpose arts, civic and community facility designed by FJMT for the City of Casey in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren. The project provides a broad range of spaces for council and community organisations and serves a number of functions.


Aveo Norwest, Sydney, NSW

Winner of the Sustainability Award in the 2018 Australian Timber Design Awards

Aveo Norwest is a 10-storey residential apartment building made from CLT and Glulam which neatly encapsulates the significant environmental benefits that engineered timber construction provides.


Krakani Luni, Mount William, Tasmania

Winner of the Peoples' Choice Award in the 2018 Australian Timber Design Awards

The Standing Camp - krakani luni or 'place of rest' - located in the Mount William National Park, wukalina is for the Aboriginal Land Council of Australia. It serves as accommodation for a guided walk through the cultural landscape, from wukalina - Mt William, to larapuna - Eddystone Point.


Strongbuild Head Office, Bella Vista, NSW

This is a unique, architecturally designed head office building for Strongbuild at their Bella Vista factory. The fitout of the two-storey, 600 square metre office space leverages off the exposed CLT and glulam structure with a visual grade finish to minimise the requirements of internal finishes. This commercial office space also doubles as a showroom to highlight what can be achieved with engineered wood construction.


Mac 01 Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

A newly constructed 114 suite hotel occupies precisely the same footprint of a former warehouse and quarantine shed. The hotel's architectural form is a contemporary expression of the old timber warehouses that used to the vernacular buildings which defined Hobart's waterfront.


All Hands Brewing House, Sydney, NSW

The rich maritime heritage of the location and the utility of the venue as a place to brew beer have influenced the design form and function of this building. The design results in a mixture of production factory with references to maritime and shipbuilding techniques.


Northshore Pavilion, Brisbane, Qld

The Northshore Pavilion is a small public information and amenities building overlooking the Brisbane River and used to engage with the community to share plans for Hamilton Reach, Queensland's largest waterfront renewal precinct.


International House Sydney, Barangaroo, NSW

Winner of the Grand Prix in the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards

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.


Macquarie University Innovation Hub, North Ryde, NSW

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.


Bendigo Hospital, Bendigo, Victoria

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.


Bold Park Aquatic Centre, City Beach, WA

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.


Woodleigh School Senior Homestead, Langwarrin South, Vic

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.


Marist College, Bendigo, Vic

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.


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

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.


Saffire Resort, Freycinet, Tasmania

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.


Forte, Docklands Wharf, Melbourne, Vic

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.


The Gardens at Campbelltown, NSW

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.


Library at the Docks, Victoria Harbour, Vic

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.


Foredune House, McMasters Beach, NSW

The house is located at the meeting of two waterways amongst the sand dunes of a central NSW surf beach. The location inspired the building's forms, accommodating the forces of the natural landscapes, the building becomes an extension of the dune that it sits in. The design of the house is an honest timber post-and-beam structure, once a common form of construction in Australia.


Hatherlie, North Fitzroy, Victoria

Hatherlie is a 19th-century terrace house of heritage significance, located in the inner-city suburb of North Fitzroy. The additions include new living, kitchen, dining, laundry and study areas, while the front part of the house was also fully restored.


Munroe Ocean Beach House, Blairgowrie, Vic

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.


Rhythm House, West Brunswick, Vic

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.


CLT House, Maianbar, NSW

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.


Swadling House, Matraville, NSW

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).


Mosman Bay House, Mosman Park, WA

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.


Light House, Aireys Inlet, Vic

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.


Tempe House, Tempe, NSW

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.