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Timber Design Awards

Lincoln Uni Dining Hall & Cafe

The re-development of the Lincoln University Kitchen & Dining Hall, has been completed in two key
phases.

The re-development of the Lincoln University Kitchen & Dining Hall, has been completed in two key
phases. The first, being the development of a new large scale Commercial Kitchen & Café extension to the existing Dining Hall. The second, due to earthquake assessment, led to a replacement Dining Hall concept developed in early 2013.

The concept for the Café extension developed as a response to the existing timber truss structure of
the Dining Hall lean-to, referenced in the diagonal truss & rafter roof structure. The glulam timber struts incorporate spliced joints over steel plate & plugged pin connections. Consequently the Dining Hall concept evolved as a larger version of the completed café using steel diagonal struts supporting 26m length pre-cambered glulam rafters. Both spaces incorporate wood panelling products for acoustic control, including Decortech Hoop Pine slotted ceiling panels & multigroove wall panels.

Solid American White Oak is also used as a key feature to the bar joinery elements.
Inherent with Lincoln University’s land-based focus, natural materiality is expressed in the use of wood & where materials of higher embodied energy are used, they provide important thermal mass & minimal maintenance. The high level glazing, providing quality natural light is integral with the expression of the timber & steel structural design concept. The building has been appropriately named Te Kete Ika ‘The Food Basket’ by Lincoln University, not only in relation to its function, but due to its aesthetic & structural frame expression evoking a woven wood form.