Timber Design Awards
The new Christchurch Airport Air New Zealand Regional Lounge was designed by BVN in association with Jasmax Architects.
The brief was to provide a new regional lounge facility to act as a hub for the South Island with linkage into the CIAL Integrated Terminal Building.
The design intent was to provide a welcoming and distinctive airport environment, allowing passengers to directly view the aircraft and the Canterbury plains beyond.
Primary Truss: Large span truss (55.4m long x 4.5m high) Glue laminated Radiata pine with steel plate connectors at the joints. Use of timber allowed the desired architectural response with a material that is locally sourced. The timber truss solution with prefabrication in 4 elements allowed for simple site assembly at splice points.
Saw Tooth Acoustic Ceiling Panels: Hoop pine veneer on MDF. Use of timber panels for this large surface area allowed for accurate off site production with the flexibility of on-site adjustment and direct acoustic integration through customised slotting.
Koru Club Fins: Hoop Pine plywood fins fixed to canted steel plate supports. The Hoop Pine fins generate an integrated enclosure linking back to the timber truss and ceiling elements. Again the plywood solution allowed accurate off site cutting and finishing of a number of differing profiles.
Acoustic wall and ceiling lining: 40 x 40mm battens in stained Tasmanian Oak and painted pine.
The timber materials are integral to providing the warmth and distinctive environment required by the project team.