When a public library has been extended and renovated to the point where further structural work is no longer a viable option, the opportunity arises to create a facility more in tune with current and future community needs – as New Zealand correspondent Michael Smith reports.
A rare timber shelter has been seen in Perth
In the Australian context, it is as rare as a wet day in Coober Pedy, but this student-designed project offers a ray of hope in the emotionless world of public shelters.
Museum wins top Finnish wood award
Rarely does the use of wood in a public building exceed the standard set by the new Gösta Pavilion at the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, Finland.
Using ordinary material in an extraordinary way
One of the world’s most generous architectural prizes has just been won by the designer of a ‘modest’ library in China with firewood cladding.
The floating Ravelin Bridge
A floating timber bridge in The Netherlands meanders as rowing boats would have centuries before.
Rare ‘gold’ status for an art museum
A Seattle architect’s innovative museum design has delivered such low operating costs that admission to the facility is free.
Timber delivers big gains for Melton Library
Australia’s first library building to receive a Green Building Council 5 Star rating also demonstrates strong cost and environmental benefits over steel.
An orchid-inspired sustainability benchmark
The organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid provided appropriate inspiration for this botanical garden visitor centre.
‘Leaving a mountainside’ in Norway
‘Nature first, architecture second’ was the guiding design principal for this traffic-stopping lookout high above a Norwegian fjord.
Order is restored at Hampton Court Palace
The brief was simple enough: we need a set of Tudor gates not seen in their original form for nearly 500 years …
Docklands library, a new chapter for CLT
A CLT-based library and community centre in Melbourne’s Docklands will take engineered wood in Australia to new frontiers – structurally and in design.
A lesson in timber-based transport facilities
This project from the United States is an object lesson for authorities and planners everywhere wanting to encourage more people to use public transport.
Fantasy world of exaggerated scales
The National Arboretum Canberra is a facility of cultural and botanical significance to Australia. It is also home to a little piece of playground magic.
Salvaged timber connects the land and the sea
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde
A rooftop walkway affords visitors a magnificent view of Seville
We know it opened nearly three years ago to huge publicity, but like all good architecture, the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain is always worthy of another look. And we’ve not covered it previously.