Amazing residence built in Glulam and CLT

Amazing residence built in Glulam and CLT

April 28, 2019

An amazing residence at Merrawarp Rd Ceres (near Geelong Victoria) utilising all-timber Glulam and CLT is currently under construction and already an iconic structure on the horizon. 
 
The concept design for the "Royd Clan’s House" was inspired mainly by the boulders and the remains of the previous house, and will be featured at the ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ conference in June.   
 
Architect Nadine Samaha from Level Architekture explained “I wanted to create a structure which emulated these boulders coming from the ground. 
 
“Strong winds on the hill consolidated the idea of fragmenting the house in pavilion clusters which reduces the wind turbulence and appear as boulders. 
 
“Scattered stones from the remains of the previous house are brought into the existing structure as support for internal stairs. This concept also responded to the need for playful architecture for the clients' active young boys” she added. 
 
The objective of building completely in timber provided a challenge for Nathan Benbow of Vistek engineers and Robert Mansell from Hyne Timber in design of the house structure, which is comprised of Glulam portal frames arranged in one of the primary axes of each pavilion.
 
The floor and roof diaphragms are Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) supplied by XLam Australia, and the inclined wall of each pavilion is constructed with CLT to create a shear wall perpendicular to the portal frames.
 
Glulam beams and CLT panels were fabricated with CNC machinery to ensure all elements could be assembled with a high degree of precision on site, which is crucial for a structure with unique and complex geometry.
 
The total volume of timber in the project is 40 cubic metres of Glulam and 180 cubic metres of CLT, which in Australian Pine Plantations will be re-grown in just 17 minutes. 
 
The Ceres project will be a highlight of the Project Panel session program at the ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ conference in June.
 
Introduction of building project discussions is a new feature at the event and offers an opportunity to engage with all the key participants in construction projects.

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