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BMA's new high tech timber project... — Bennett Murada

Timber Architect - LVL (laminated veneer lumber) is an engineered timber product most widely used internally, in traditionally framed domestic construction. More imformetion Visits Us - Bennettmurada.com.au



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Photography by: Steve and Sally Timber Architect )


Wesbeam, a WA based manufacturer of LVL engineered structural timber products, recently approached BMA with a dream brief to design an addition to their head office facility at their plant in Neerabup, near Perth WA.

LVL (laminated veneer lumber) is an engineered timber product most widely used internally, in traditionally framed domestic construction. But, being aware of the rapidly evolving prominence of timber as the smart and sustainable material of choice in Australian and international architecture, Wesbeam saw us the opportunity to test and challenge the way LVL is perceived and used in commercial scale contemporary Australian buildings on this project.

Timber Architect :

Our proposal is sited adjacent to the existing entry to the Timber Architect Wesbeam facility, and encloses a new landscaped court containing an existing boab tree.  A shady new entry verandah connects new and old, with scope for future enclosure as a reception point.

Thanks to some inspirational engineering collaboration with Wesbeam, the new workspace above this is dramatically supported on cable tensioned LVL beams spanning up to 9m, and cantilevering over 4m.

A Skeleton of LVL portals frame the upper level space at close centres, carrying solid timber and glazed infill panels, and LVL floor, ceiling and roof panels enclose the space.

A palette of reclaimed and new flooring, charred timber wall cladding, and oiled Jarrah battens characterise the facade.

We are currently working closely with Wesbeam to refine and test connection details and the structural performance of the design, with a view to seeking approval and production later this year.

More information:  http://www.bennettmurada.com.au/news/2017/8/29/bmas-new-timber-project