Architect students hold key to future design in wood buildings

BY JIM BOWDEN

Architects Kim and Monique of Baber Studio .. building innovative structures from engineered  wood products with final year students.

Architects Kim and Monique of Baber Studio .. building innovative structures from engineered
wood products with final year students.

ARCHITECTS deal with many of the critical issues in today's society. They push boundaries when it comes to living, investigate new technologies and materials, and help ensure that what we build is environmentally sustainable. Importantly, they design not just for today, but for future generations. That is why a Brisbane project by 15 masters of architecture students conducting research into innovative structures at the University of Queensland represent a refreshing new face for engineered wood systems and their application to future building styles.

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“We were able to produce very stiff and stable structures without the use of additional solid timber and relied solely on the material properties of the plywood,” Mr Baber said. “Brisbane-based Austral Plywood were incredibly generous in sponsoring the student research by donating the ply. The company is one of the remaining manufacturers of high grade hoop pine ply, a species that is local to Queensland and has a beautiful blonde and clear face, perfect for the exhibition structures.”

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Award-winning "Cabin Two" is a striking project by Maddison Architects featuring Hoop Pine plywood wall and ceiling linings from Austral Plywoods.

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