In­ter­na­tional House a Grand Prix of Sus­tain­able De­sign

Australasian Timber - - 2017 AUSTRALIAN TIMBER DESIGN AWARDS - By Mandy Parry-Jones

The pres­ti­gious 2017 Aus­tralian Timber De­sign Awards Grand Prix went to ar­guably the most pres­ti­gious build­ing Australia has seen for a long, long time – In­ter­na­tional House, lo­cated in the Barangroo precinct in Syd­ney.

This is Australia’s first and largest com­mer­cial en­gi­neered timber build­ing and stitched to­gether with Cross Lam­i­nated Timber (CLT) and Glue Lam­i­nated Timber (Glu­lam). It’s not just the ma­te­ri­als though that make it spe­cial, it has a strik­ing look in­side and out, and it dis­plays the out­stand­ing and so­phis­ti­cated fore­sight of ar­chi­tect Jonathon Evans of Tzannes Ar­chi­tects.

De­signMake and Tzannes used the CLT and Glu­lam build­ing ma­te­ri­als and tech­nol­ogy to de­liver a re­mark­able build­ing that comes at a frac­tion of the weight of a steel and con­crete struc­ture.. and de­liv­ered quicker! Us­ing th­ese ma­te­ri­als have given not only Tzannes Ar­chi­tects a new out­look and skills, but also Lendlease and De­signMake. They have had to learn new ways to de­sign and make.

The struc­tural el­e­ments of the build­ing were pre­fab­ri­cated which in­volved a steep learn­ing curve for ev­ery­one. It’s beauty as a fin­ished prod­uct was tes­ta­ment that a com­mer­cial build­ing in Australia could be made sus­tain­ably, quickly and still show­case aes­thet­ics.

“The ar­chi­tec­ture of In­ter­na­tional House Syd­ney re­flects a new form of beauty,” said Alec Tzannes, the prin­ci­ple ar­chi­tect, “be­yond shape and sur­face, its deep de­sign re­new­ing ar­chi­tec­ture’s role to serve the greater so­cial pur­pose of low­er­ing car­bon emis­sions.”

More than 2,000m3 of CLT was used for the floors and cores, and 930m3 of glu­lam was used in the col­umns and beams. The tow­er­ing two-storey wooden pi­lasters, which sup­port the CLT, are re­claimed iron­bark tim­bers.

Now in its 18th year, the Awards pro­mote and en­cour­age out­stand­ing timber de­sign. They are open to builders, de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers and land­scap­ers: to any­one in­volved in the de­sign or build­ing of struc­tures that fea­ture timber. A Ris­ing Star Award is avail­able to stu­dents and en­trants aged 35 or un­der.

In­ter­na­tional House has also won in­ter­na­tional ac­claim; the In­ter­na­tional Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards, awarded by two lead­ing de­sign in­sti­tu­tions The Chicago Athenaeum and The Euro­pean Cen­tre for Ar­chi­tec­ture, Art, De­sign and Ur­ban Stud­ies.

This makes it six ma­jor in­ter­na­tional de­sign awards for Tzannes in the past two years.

1. 2017 Chicago Athenaeum In­ter­na­tional Ar­chi­tec­ture Award In­ter­na­tional House Syd­ney2016

2. UNESCO Her­itage Award for New De­sign in Her­itage Con­texts - Irv­ing Street Brew­ery2016

3. Chicago Athenaeum In­ter­na­tional Ar­chi­tec­ture Award - Irv­ing Street Brew­ery

4. 2016 Red Dot Award: Prod­uct De­sign - City of Syd­ney Street Fur­ni­ture

5. 2016 Good De­sign Award: Fur­ni­ture and Light­ing - City of Syd­ney Street Fur­ni­ture

6. 2016 Good De­sign Award: Ur­ban De­sign and Public Spa­ces - City of Syd­ney Street Fur­ni­ture.

■ Public or Com­mer­cial award & Over­all award win­ner - In­ter­na­tional House Syd­ney by Tzannes and Lendlease.

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