Project Description


Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Project Description

CREDITS: Developers: Stratum Unlimited / Architects: Ignite Architects with Grimshaw Architecture / Engineer: Mike Newcombe

TimberLab Glulam on the International Stage – When world leaders met for the APEC meeting in November 2018 in Papua New Guinea, they admired the new Glulam Convention Centre / Long House which features Glulam manufactured and supplied from TimberLab in NZ.

TimberLab is proud to be part of the team that produced this spectacular demonstration of timber’s beauty, versatility and strength.

Spanning 30m, rising to a height of 18m and with a curved cantilevered canopy – this 103m long completed structure including Glulam portals, purlins and connections was all produced in TimberLab’s plant in Auckland.

The complex geometry and detailed connections were carefully crafted using our 5-axis gantry CNC. Even the large curved Glulam sections were efficiently processed to exacting detail, as the huge CNC travelled over the curved sections; slotting, drilling, rebating and bevelling were all achieved to millimetre accuracy.

TimberLab’s attention to detail included the factory pre-fitting of splice, base and apex joints. Prefabricated sections were laid out in the factory and assembled to ensure that all would go together once on-site assembly began.

The finished pictures show the completed facility with the towering curved Glulam elements providing a strong, dramatic framework for high-powered discussions to take place beneath.

With early contract consultation between developers Stratum Unlimited, Ignite Architects, Grimshaw Architecture, Mike Newcombe Engineer and TimberLab Solutions; the most cost efficient and build-able solution came off the drawing board before manufacture and construction began.

All custom-made stainless-steel brackets and hardware were modelled and supplied by TimberLab to provide a complete solution.


Australian Timber Design Awards 2020 – Winner Excellence in Timber Design