Six short-listed design proposals for the Adelaide Contemporary museum in Adelaide included one that stood out, simply because it was the only timber structure design.
David Chipperfield and SJB Architects’ proposal for the 160,000-square-foot project includes wooden screens for the main elevation with sloped roofs. Arts South Australia’s design jury introduced the short-listed bids as part of an international design competition. It will select a winner in June 2019.
The use of wood for commercial structures has been popular for quite some time. For instance, cedar cladding provides not only a contemporary appeal to a structure but also a harmonising warmth to the environment.
Some architectural lining companies have also introduced materials that are sustainable and meets certain green building certification.
For the Adelaide Contemporary museum, a timber design could be a good choice to complement Art Gallery of South Australia’s 42,000 piece collection and the Gallery of Time, which will be a combination of Australian indigenous pieces and artwork from Asia and Europe.
Green Building Adoption
Wood designs have been integral in pushing the envelope for sustainable designs of commercial buildings in Australia, particularly for office buildings.
The International Green Building Adoption Index said that Sydney ranked as the third “greenest” city, with 46.5 per cent of its 55 million square feet of office space having green certification.
Melbourne ranked next, with almost 29 per cent of its 49 million square feet of office space having green certification. Canada’s Vancouver topped the index with 51.6 per cent of its 55 million square feet of office space having green certification.
The short-listed timber structure for the Adelaide only shows that wood can be a modern design element, aside from being a sustainable material. How do you plan to use wood for your next architectural project?