The project, 55 Southbank Boulevard is a defining new landmark in Melbourne, being crowned as the the worlds tallest timber building extension, with a 10 storey cross laminated structure sitting on top of an existing 7 storey concrete building. The technical challenges, of building one of Australia's tallest timber buildings on top of an existing building has significant technical challenges, and we were lucky to speak with the builder, Rob Debrincat, the Manager of Innovation at Atelier, the architect Julian Anderson, a director at Bates Smart and Nathan Benbow, a senior Structural Engineer at Vistek. In part one of this two part discussion:
Hope you enjoyed this episode. Stay tuned for next weeks episode where we talk about digital design, fabrication and lessons learned on the project.
If you want to use timber on your next project, there are over 45 free technical guides found at the WoodSolutions website. Technical guide 37 which focuses on the steps to deliver a mid-rise timber building is a good start.