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Timber Design Awards

Warrander Studio

The humble 65 square metre Warrander Studio is the first of a new innovative timber building typology.

The humble 65 square metre Warrander Studio is the first of a new innovative timber building typology. It is not only New Zealand’s first full CLT (Radiata Pine) house, but the entire building has been digitally designed and fabricated using BIM and CNC technologies. Remarkably the studio was constructed in 2.5 days due to the precision manufactured CLT panels being systematically lifted into place. The CLT structure was then clad using a new structural plywood (Radiata Pine) based cassette system developed by Makers of Architecture. The accuracies of this system enable precise building costing/pricing (due to BIM data outputs), while minimising material waste through digital optimisation.

Flexibility is a fundamental sustainable attribute that has been integrated within the design logic. It’s important that the design systems accommodate not only the client’s current requirements but also the opportunity for future change. Using screw fixings in conjunction with frictional jointing methods for the assembly of the plywood cassette’s and CLT panels provides a fully flexible design system meaning that it can easily be; unclipped, disassembled, altered, added to, moved, reconstructed or recycled if need be. The entire building is built of timber excluding the exterior sheet fibre cement cladding.

CLT provided both the structure of the home as well as the interior finish creating an aesthetic of clean lines and honesty in material experience.

Because these EWP’s are inherently stable they enabled us to use digital technologies to manufacture and conceive this new construction system and timber building methodology, presenting new opportunities for the NZ construction industry.