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Timber Design Awards

Lucas House

Lucas House combines Timber structural components with PRESSS seismic technology in precast concrete. LVL composite columns and beams are used as a gravity resisting skeleton throughout.

Lucas House combines Timber structural components with PRESSS seismic technology in precast concrete. LVL composite columns and beams are used as a gravity resisting skeleton throughout. This leading, hybrid approach to assembling concrete and timber buildings, advances prior research and development completed on the NMIT campus and applies these outcomes to a commercial site where land use requires fire protection and durability to side boundaries.

Timber structure combines with post tensioned, dissipated concrete shear walls installed to property boundaries allowing fusible steel components to be readily replaced following a major seismic event.

This hybrid, post tensioned building represents an industry leading example of Damage Avoidance Design, installed to a tight inner city site. Design innovation is tested for constructability and viability, providing new uses for structural timber in an inner city commercial situation.

Timber structural elements, pulled within the building envelope, remain untreated and are simply expressed with clear finishes. Structure is arrayed to enable a series of approaches to space division and fit out.

Timber details are deliberately straightforward and expressed throughout to warm and familiarise interior spaces. The simple expression of these timber elements elevates the level of finish and enhances user experience in this speculative commercial development.

This innovative project acts as an exemplar for a commercially viable solution combining timber engineering with advanced seismic technology. Responsible integration of environmental systems with the visual appeal of locally supplied timber resource produces quality commercial space and futureproof working environments.