Author: A. Downey (Elliott Wood) & M. Renshaw (Elliott Wood)
1 December 2015
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A. Downey (Elliott Wood) & M. Renshaw (Elliott Wood)
The structural challenges included realising the complex geometries in the roof while maintaining an open soffit. A system of panels was developed using cross-laminated timber boarding fixed to glued laminated beams. The roof panels act as the structural elements spanning the swimming pool and provide stability.
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