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  • TimberLab's contribution to more award-winning projects
     NZ's first Living Building Challenge award
     Piko Wholefoods - Interior Innovation - Highly Commended
  • International
    Illustrating TimberLab's ability to provide efficient, durable Glulam solutions
    in faraway places
  • Possibilities
    How we can help you get the best out of engineered timber options
Announcing! New Zealand's First Living Building
Architects: Jasmax / Contractors: Arrow International
Certified as New Zealand’s first ‘Living Building’ in May 2017; the 15th certified Living Building in the world, it is New Zealand’s most advanced sustainable building.
The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings - a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment. The stringent and challenging green building guidelines of the ‘Challenge’ demanded net-zero energy and water, as well as zero waste and toxicity from completed projects. As a result, instead of doing ‘less harm’ these buildings actively address their impacts of energy and land use, and restoratively give back to society and the environment.
Local materials and labour were used wherever possible, creating jobs for the local community and up-skilling people in the area. This included 150 local volunteers who made over 5000 earth-bricks to help insulate the building. The 760 materials utilised on the project were nontoxic, chemical-free and locally sourced where possible.
TimberLab’s FSC certified Glulam products form the main structural system of this innovative and award winning seismic resistant engineered timber structure. It was vital to stabilise the building due to its proximity to a fault-line; the building actually operates as Tūhoe’s Civil Defence centre after a natural disaster event.The dominating, strong timber arch, references the cultural significance of Tūhoetanga o te ra; the moment the sun reaches its zenith.  

First and foremost, Te Kura Whare belongs to the people of Tūhoe. It is a symbol of their story, a representation of their origin as an iwi; their past, their present and their future. The building provides a central point of connection for Tūhoe, located within their turangawaewae.

Piko Wholefoods, Christchurch, NZ

Architects: Solarchitect / Contractor: Hanham Philp
Another prize winner from the 2017 Timber Design Awards - the simplicity of straight Glulam beams and posts provides a real depth of character in rebuilding the new facility for Piko Wholefoods. Badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, the new building preserves the artisan nature of this organic food store.
Architect Russell Devlin of Solarchitect used TimberLab’s Glulam beams, posts and Bondek flooring to recreate the old-world charm of this iconic store.
The clean modern lines of this structure were manufactured by TimberLab with all connections pre-fitted, using up to the minute CNC craftmanship.
Close co-operation between the architects, contractors and TimberLab made sure the new extension fitted neatly into the remaining scarred earthquake damaged concrete building.

Shake Shack Maboula Land, Kuwait

Architects: Zebra / Contractor: Havelock AHI
The Shake Shack outlets; yet to arrive in New Zealand are a burger franchise, originating in Madison Park, New York and making its way down through the Middle East and Asia.
TimberLab became involved when Middle East fit out contractors, Havelock AHI were looking for a reliable provider of Glulam solutions who could demonstrate a history of successful external structures in the harsh Middle East climate. With over 20 years’ experience in the region we could provide a well-established design, manufacture and supply package that satisfied all the criteria. 
Exposed to the searing heat and sun of Kuwait, a high standing canopy was designed to provide shade and airiness, covering an area of about 140 m2.  A tight grillage of 300 x 90 Glulam beams at 200mm centres are rebated into the side of supporting beams, giving a seamless connection between. Six metre high Glulam posts complete the timber structure and the whole effect gives a soft natural outdoor covering that contrasts with the surrounding concrete building scape.
Crucial to the ability to supply such a pre-fabricated package some 15,000km away is the confidence of achieving precise accuracy. This is where the 3D computer modelling and accuracy of CNC processing gives TimberLab its cutting edge. With all slotting, drilling, bevelling and finishing carried out in the factory, site assembly using the connections that were also a part of the package, was a relatively straight forward operation.

Call us Now -

At TimberLab we are passionate about the possibilities for  Engineered Timber Structures. Our CNC capabilities have opened up new and exciting opportunities. We are committed to assisting designers, architects & engineers to achieve their aspirations. To that end we will prepare a  relevant, tailored presentation for you, to demonstrate from our local and international projects just what is possible. Please contact Owen Griffiths to arrange a visit - 09-2539349 /
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