New four storey building on the existing LGH site to house consulting and research facilities
Structural design, documentation and construction administration
This building has an interesting architectural form which demanded careful integration of structural elements to meet the architect's brief as well as budget and practical construction constraints. The structure consists primarily of precast and post-tensioned concrete elements, many of which are expressed as an integral part of the architecture. The most significant structural features are the external inclined precast struts which support two floors above.
Part of the brief was to employ ESD (ecologically sustainable development) principles in design where possible which included the use of ‘green concrete’ throughout the building resulting in a 20% reduction in the conventional (High CO2 emission) cement.
An visually impressive building with specific functional requirements, where the structure has made a significant contribution to the overall aesthetic of the building.
Photos Courtesy of architects designhaus and Derek Swalwell Photography