DCA archtects won an open design competition for this project. The concept was informed by the two distinct functional requirements of timber workshop and academic spaces. The metaphor of saw milling was used, where cutting “divides” or “separates”. The plan and elevation inform this idea with the central circulation and ventilation space as the “blade” and separator.
The all-timber structure uses locally developed and pioneered timber components including some world first engineering technology with the STIC quick connect portal frames. The building uses Solar water, rainwater harvesting, and automated passive ventilation systems.
Site Tour – 90 Devonport Road
Location: 90 Devonport Road, Tauranga
L.T. McGuiness are currently working with Willis Bond and Tauranga City Council to deliver 90 Devonport Road, the largest mass timber office building in New Zealand.
This exciting project will set new standards for sustainability in development and construction in New Zealand, targeting a 100% reduction in embodied carbon and six-star Green Star and five-star NABERS ratings.