Category: 6. Timber Innovation In Business
Most innovative use of timber to solve a business/commercial challenge.
This 4 bedroom beach house was designed and built using BOX’s engineered timber framing system.
Our architect individually designs BOX homes for the site and client, but all homes use a common engineered post and beam building system.
The system aims to reduce the architectural design fees by up to 75%, allowing more people to afford services of an architect.
The system also gives certainty of build cost. The system has been optimized for efficiency and unlike a custom build, does not throw out any ‘unknowns’ during construction.
The system is a set of components that are assembled on site. Post & beam components are cut, drilled, routed and painted off site so that everything fits together fast and perfectly on site.
The system reduces design costs by the use of repetitive detailing and design aesthetic from one project to the next. The engineered timber ring beams and posts form a structural exoskeleton, with stainless steel cross-braces providing structural bracing. The frame and bracing provide both structural as well as aesthetic benefits.
The glulam frame is then in-filled with glazing panels and wall panels. Rusticated cedar weatherboards were used on this project as cladding. The decks used hardwood Vitex boards and 40x40 Vitex balustrades. The stairs, kitchen and bathrooms used Gaboon ply (a BOX standard) and the floor was Oak overlay.
The style is influenced by the Case Study House program, particularly the designs of Neutra, Elwood and Koenig. We have used engineered timber in place of steel.