Australia announces first timber office

Artist’s impression of International House Sydney. Photo credit: Lend Lease.

Australia’s first engineered timber office will be a six-storey hybrid of cross laminated timber (CLT) and glulam in Sydney, setting a new benchmark in the continent’s history of sustainable building materials. The International House Sydney on Sussex Street will be constructed by Lend Lease and designed by architects Jonathan Evans and Alec Tzannes from Tzannes.

“The architecture of International House Sydney reflects a new form of beauty. Beyond shape and surface, it is deep design renewing architecture’s role to serve the greater social purpose of lowering carbon emissions,” said Mr Tzannes.

“International House Sydney defines the south eastern connection of Barangaroo on Sussex Street to the urban fabric beyond. Looking from the bridges leading to Barangaroo, through the clean glass skin, the multi-storey timber structure forms the character of the architecture, the same character that from inside creates an interior environment reminiscent of the spaces often found in Sydney’s historic timber or cast iron and brick buildings from the era when warehouse buildings were crucial to Australia’s maritime economy.”

Andrew Wilson, managing director of Barangaroo South said, “We are well on our way to creating Australia’s first large scale carbon neutral community and we are extremely proud to be delivering this exciting building.”