Bates Smart Unveils Plans for Tallest Engineered Timber Building in Australia

Bates Smart Unveils Plans for Tallest Engineered Timber Building in Australia, Courtesy of Bates Smart
Courtesy of Bates Smart

Australia-based Bates Smart has released the plans for 5 King, a high-performance commercial space and the tallest engineered timber building in Australia. At 52 meters tall, the building will additionally feature the largest gross floor area (GFA) for an engineered timber office building worldwide.

Based on the concepts of connecting with nature and preserving the environment, 5 King will utilize a combination of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (Glulam) to achieve “the structural strength of concrete and steel with a low carbon footprint.”

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We see timber buildings as the next generation of workplace for a creative class looking for rich environments that enhance wellbeing and productivity, said Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian. The timber construction recalls the vernacular ‘Queenslanders’ as well as relating to the historic RNA pavilions, to create a site specific and innovative tall building that connects with nature. The buildings ‘verandah’ will be an edge condition that maximizes connection with the environment.

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A 54-meter-long timber colonnade lined with cafés and restaurants will be featured on the ground level of the building, in order to serve as creative space outside the workplace, in addition to functioning as an entry to the building.

With its side core design, the building will offer 1,588 square meters of net leasable area (NLA) floorplates, with a total of 14,921 square meters available over its ten floors.

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The building’s environmental goals will be reinforced through its use of a glass façade on the main south elevation that will maximize natural daylight, sunshades on the other façades to reduce energy consumption, rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting, optimized air conditioning, as well as end of trip facilities for 152 bicycles.

News via: Bates Smart.

105 Valentines for Architects (And Architecture Lovers)

If there was ever a time when the world needed a bit of extra love, that time is now. And even though Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romantic love, we know these uplifting messages of affection will resonate with peers, friends, and family members, alike.

ArchDaily’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the world’s inhabitants by publishing content for architects, designers, and decision-makers. We also realize how important tolerance, acceptance, and love are to the process of building a better world. So, from us to you, and from your fellow readers to the world, may you feel a wealth of love on this Valentine’s Day.

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105 Valentines for Architects (And Architecture Lovers), Shaghayegh Daneshmand- Saman Farahmand

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Residents of tilting Millennium Tower to sue developers

Millennium Tower residents take legal action over its sinking. (Courtesy calpauly07/flickr)

Millennium Tower residents take legal action over its sinking. (Courtesy calpauly07/flickr)

Millennium Partners, the developer of Handel Architects—designed Millennium Tower in San Francisco, is being taken to court over the building’s alarming sinking issue. The tower’s homeowners association (HOA) let residents know last Thursday that it was filing a case against both Millennium Partners and Transbay Joint Powers Authority—the firm behind the substantial transit development adjacent to the tower.

In the months prior to this, the HOA had staved off any legal action, advising tenants to do the same, as they privately discussed workarounds with the developer. (Some residents still filed lawsuits of their own.) During this process, the finger of blame was pointed toward the $2 billion, Pelli Clarke Pelli–designed transit scheme nearby that reportedly destabilized the tower’s foundations.

The 20 tenants that took matters into their own hands, though, made a different case. They argued that Millennium Partners was well aware that the structure had sunk significantly more—and at a faster rate—than expected, and failed to let prospective buyers know. A study in Fall of last year found that the tower and sunk 16 inches since it’s opening in 2008. By contrast, initial predictions for the building suggested that it would only sink six inches over its lifetime. To make matters worse, Millennium Tower is not settling evenly either, something which has result in a two-inch tilt.

According to coverage from NBC Bay Area, the HOA has said: “The lawsuit would be intended to … hold the defendants responsible for the damage to the building and… require the defendants to fund a comprehensive repair and restoration of the building, among other relief.”

A meeting scheduled for March 6 will apparently be held to “to discuss problems that may lead to the filing of a civil action, nonlitigation options, and other considerations.” Whether the residents, unlike their tower, settle, remains to be seen.

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