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Australia’s first engineered timber commercial building: a poetic new ‘urban forest’ at the gateway to Barangaroo

International House Sydney, a seven-storey commercial building designed by Tzannes for Lendlease, is currently under construction at Barangaroo in Sydney’s central business district. The timber structure building will be the first modern commercial engineered timber building of its size and type in Australia.

The building makes extensive use of structural engineered timber and recycled hardwood timber. We have turned the structural limitations imposed by the use of timber to advantage and celebrated them, forming a unique colonnade form evocative of a forest of trees which gives the building its distinctive character.

The result is a poetic and dynamic celebration of the building’s structural resolution, forming the street edge and undercover pedestrian network.

Images courtesy of Lendlease, produced by Virtual Ideas