Australia’s first engineered timber office building at Barangaroo sets new sustainability benchmark

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28 June 2016

Lendlease has announced plans for Australia’s first engineered timber office, setting a new benchmark in the use of sustainable building materials.

International House Sydney will be a uniquely sustainable and instantly recognisable business address. Acquired by Lend Lease International Towers Sydney Trust, the owner of Tower Two and Tower Three at Barangaroo, the building offers 6,850 square metres net lettable area (NLA) across six-storeys.

Andrew Wilson, Managing Director, 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.

“International House Sydney fronts directly onto Exchange Square, an entry point into the precinct, and will be a symbol of innovation and sustainability greeting some 33,000 daily visitors as they emerge from Wynyard Walk.”

Designed by Jonathan Evans and Alec Tzannes, from awarded architectural practice Tzannes, International House Sydney is set to become an instantly recognisable icon.

"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 Alec 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-story 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.”

International House Sydney is made from the building materials Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (Glulam.) Constructed with wood, CLT has a far lower carbon footprint than other building materials, the production process produces zero waste, and timbers are sourced from certified sustainably managed forests.

International House Sydney is due for completion in 2017.

International House Sydney is Lendlease’s third CLT building in Australia and joins Forté Apartments in Melbourne, and public building Library at The Dock.



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