When world leaders meet for APEC meetings later this month in Papua New Guinea, they will be admiring the new Glulam Convention Centre – Long House featuring 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 are efficiently processed to exacting detail, as the huge CNC travels 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 the high-powered discussions to take place beneath.

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