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World’s Tallest Commercial Timber Building Opens in Sydney

International House Sydney is Australia’s first engineered timber office building, and the world’s tallest. Legendary architectural practitioners Tzannes are behind the technically and aesthetically impressive project, which opened in May this year.

The design relies on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to form six of the above ground levels, which rest on a conventional concrete structure at ground level. The internal CLT structural elements are left fully exposed, resulting in a strikingly forest-like feel. CLT has a very small carbon footprint as opposed to other construction materials, largely because it’s production process generates no waste at all. Our new Brisbane Head Office is packed with a similar product (OSB) – so yeah we’re big fans.

“The architecture of International House Sydney reflects a new form of beauty. Beyond shape and surface, it is ‘deep design’, renewing architecture’s role to serve the greater social purpose of lowering carbon emissions.” Says Tzannes director Alex Tzannes.

But Sydney won’t have a monopoly on wooden-wonders for long. A stones throw from the BEC Brisbane Office, Lend Lease and Bates Smart are planning a ten storey development which will boast the largest gross floor area for an engineered timber building in the world. It’s been dubbed ‘5 King’ but the word smiths in the office are much more comfortable with ‘Plyscraper.’  

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The BE Collective Catch-Up – May 2017

Missed our May Newsletter? 

Don’t stress, we saved you a copy here.

This month’s issue covers our new BEC Brisbane Office, a few of our recent projects, and some feature articles on cool stuff we’ve spotted. 

Flick us an email here if you’d like to receive our tasty newsletters. 

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Sustainable Alternatives to Concrete

Environmentally Sustainable Design is one of our passions at BE Collective; we are constantly scanning the horizon for new ways to be more eco-friendly.

Inhabitat is a weblog that tracks innovations in ESD technology and looks toward the future of an eco-friendly design industry. One of their recent videos highlights a few concrete substitutes available to the environmentally-conscious builder –  straw bales, rammed earth, ferrock and bamboo.

We’re particularly excited about Bamboo. BEC have worked alongside the Queensland University of Technology and the crew at Cave Urban to create some stunning artistic and sculptural installations

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Aussie Bricklaying Robot Set to Revolutionise Construction

Check out the Hadrian X, a world first digital construction solution, brain child of Australian tech company Fastbrick Robotics.

The Hadrian X aims to lead and ‘industry revolution’ by streamlining the end-to-end bricklaying system; including the loading, cutting, routing, and placement of bricks. The automated process is very similar to 3D printing, and should improve the speed, accuracy, cost, and safety of the global brick construction industry.

Fastbrick Robotics estimate that the Hadrian X will be commercially available towards the end of 2017. In the mean-time, take a peek at their promotional video here for an idea of what the machine will look like in action.

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