Project Description


Auckland, New Zealand

Project Description

CREDITS: Architect: Ignite Architects / Engineer: Create Specialist Designers / Contractors: Naylor Love Construction Ltd
Parabolic Arches

TimberLab was engaged by Naylor Love Construction Ltd to manufacture eight parabolic glulam arches for the redevelopment of Garden Lane at Botany Town Centre.

Each of the eight arches had slightly differing geometry due to the profile of the site and the organic roof form supported by the arches. We used our 3D modelling capability and the precision of our WMP240 5 axis CNC, ensuring the arches married up perfectly with the steel diagrid roof structure underneath the ETFE roof cladding.

Each of the arches is fabricated in an inset box section with decorative exposed steel hub connectors between the gentle curves of the street side legs and the tightly radiused arch supporting the roof canopy.

We were also called on to apply our technical knowledge in assisting Ignite Architects and Create Specialist Designers to refine the design to complement the manufacture process.

The end result is a structure that makes a landmark statement as it welcomes visitors into the shopping centre.