Images courtesy of Bates Smart

LendLease to build 52m wooden tower in Brisbane

14 February 2017 | By Joe Quirke 2 Comments

Australian architect Bates Smart has released plans for a 52m-high structure called 5 King, which it says would be Australia’s tallest timber building.

The client for the development in Brisbane, Queensland, is LendLease. The design envisages the building’s timber colonnade lined with cafés and restaurants catering to the employees of the “creative work spaces outside of the office while creating a welcoming entry” to the project.

Inside, the exposed timber structure and services create a “contemporary studio environment that balances well-being with creative collaboration space”.

Large glass areas on the main south elevation maximise natural daylight, and sunshades on the other façades reduce energy consumption.

According to the architect, the use of “highly engineered timber”, combined with the “Queenslander” vernacular has resulted in a “site-specific and innovative tall building that meets the demands of the contemporary workplace”.

The building forms part of the regeneration of the RNA Showgrounds precinct, 1.5 km north of the Brisbane’s central business district.

The project follows a number of similar developments such as the world’s tallest timber tower in Vancouver.

Images courtesy of Bates Smart