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Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build

A new study shows that timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than traditional designs in several different building types. The study, “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project,” was led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia. Part of a seminar series touring Australia, the report contains detailed designs of four building types in both timber and conventional construction, with a quantity surveyor comparing cost estimates between them. See how timber compared to conventional methods after the break.

Brookfield Multiplex Melbourne / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: 499 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Architects in Charge: Elenberg Fraser, Olaf Detering, David Shultis
  • Area: 2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shannon McGrath

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Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates

© Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson

Bridge House 2 / Delia Teschendorff Architecture

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein

The New Kununurra Courthouse / TAG Architects + iredale pedersen hook architects

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

McIlwrick Residences / B.E Architecture

  • Architects: B.E Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Project Team: Broderick Ely, Jon Boucher, Andrew Piva
  • Area: 410.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: B.E Architecture

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Zaha Hadid Designs Two "Sculptural" Towers for Australia's Gold Coast

Zaha Hadid has unveiled plans for two "sculptural" towers and a new privately-owned cultural precinct at Mariner's Cove on Australia's Gold Coast. Commissioned by Sunland Group, the $600 million mixed-use project will include two 44-story residential towers, ground floor retail, a 69-suite boutique hotel and underground aquarium, along with an art gallery, museum and outdoor sculptural gardens.

Foster, Nouvel and Koolhaas Compete to Design Perth's WA Museum

Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Rem Koolhaas are competing to design the new Western Australian Museum (WA Museum) in the Perth Cultural Center. As The West Australian reports, the leading architects are part of three shortlisted consortiums being considered to develop the new $428 million project. Each team is currently working with the government on their proposals. A team is expected to be announced later this year. The museum is slated to open in 2020.

The complete list of the shortlisted teams include...

Willow Grove / Finnis Architects

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Mary Place, All Hallows’ School / Wilson Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones

The Alpha / Tony Owen Partners

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  • Architects: Tony Owen Partners
  • Location: McGill Street, Lewisham NSW 2049, Australia
  • Area: 6553.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Steve Back

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Armadale House 2 / Mitsouri Architects

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Williamstown Library / Sally Draper Architects + Mitsuori Architects

  • Architects: Sally Draper Architects, Mitsuori Architects
  • Location: Williamstown VIC, Australia
  • Design Team: Sally Draper (Sally Draper Architects), Melissa Lim (Mitsuori Architects), Shahab Kasmai (Sally Draper Architects), Matthew Murfett (Mitsuori Architects), Lincoln Glover (Sally Draper Architects), John Lui (Mitsuori Architects), Genevieve Haussegger (Geneveive Haussegger Interior Design).
  • Area: 1399.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Mein Photo

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Bond Bar / HACHEM

  • Architects: HACHEM
  • Location: 24 Bond Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shania Shegedyn

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South Melbourne House / Mitsuori Architects

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Spiegel Haus / Carterwilliamson Architects

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Naremburn House / Bijl Architecture

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