The use of cross-laminated timber is both an integral functional and aesthetic aspect of the design which emphasises the resilient Australian home through the limited use of steel. The timber cladding is sourced from Stora Enso, while the structural CLT and Glulam for internal walls are from XLAM, enhancing the modern Australian feel in the kitchen and bathroom.
Internally, CLT’s raw beauty is celebrated through exposed timber on the walls and floors. This demanded absolute precision in the construction system, as all structures and screw connections are presented. Elements such as bookshelves, desks, pivot doors and bar units are also made from the cross-laminated timber to further celebrate the refined material. FMD Architects also introduced a series of structural improvements within the refurbishment, including motorised ventilation slots in the roof peaks to release excess heat in summer which work in conjunction with industrial ceiling fans, as well as double glazed windows and wall insulation for maximum comfort in the scorching summer heat.