The design of this new four-storey headquarters embodies the notions of integrated systems, prefabrication and hybrid mass timber.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is utilised extensively throughout the building for the floor plates, stairwells, and elevator cores, as well as the demising firewall, while steel columns provide floor and façade support. All panels were pre-cut and placed in a pre-planned sequence directly from the trailer for speed and ease of construction.
An elegant a four-storey building with floors of timber plates and beams supported on slim steel columns at the perimeter. The project demonstrates technical advances in timber design and innovative seismic-resistant systems.
The building is full of innovations – an earthquake resisting system at the base of the shear walls, vibration testing of the timber floors and the use electrochromic glass for reducing cooling requirements, overall energy reductions and maintenance costs, and the inclusion of unique devices act as shock absorbers for the building during an earthquake.