Project Description


Christchurch, New Zealand

Project Description

CREDITS: Andrew Barrie / Takaharu Tezuka / Contract Construction

TimberLab is honored to have been associated with the unique engineered timber building system developed by Japanese architect, Takaharu Tezuka; overseen in NZ by Architect Andrew Barrie. The composite design is dependent on timber-to-timber rebated compression joints, achieved with a 1mm tolerance. Using our 5 axis CNC Bridge Processor we were able to produce the multiple components that make up the 12 metre long main portal frames along with detailed and profiled bracing, rafters and blocking. Prefabrication reduced site installation time and eliminated waste.


2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards – Interior Architecture Award

2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards – Education Architecture Award

2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards – Winner of Ted McCoy Award & Education Category

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2017 – Overall Supreme Award Winner / Winner – Commercial Architectural Excellence / Highly Commended – Engineering Innovation.

2016 Interior Awards – Winner, Craftsmanship to Andrew Barrie Lab & Tezuka Architects See judges comments here.

2016 Interior Awards, Design Institute of NZ –  Spatial – Public and Institutional Spaces category.2017 NZ Commercial Projects Awards – Value Award