The architects originally specified the use of recycled natural hardwood timber for this project. However the weight of hardwood timber created significant structural challenges for the design and engineering of the façade. In addition, the large quantities of the timber required for the project could not be sourced in Australia at the time.
INNOWOOD’s ability to extrude composite timber into hollow profiles made it the ideal solution for this project. A lighter composite wood profile reduced the façade’s weight by up to 70% while preserving the natural hardwood timber look. INNOWOOD developed a unique clipping system whereby panels would simply clip into place without the need for visible screws and nails. As a result, the installation process was streamlined, delivering significant costs savings to the client.
Substantial project cost savings and a composite timber façade that matched the texture, finish and colour of the design intent was achieved on this project. The success of the Sydney Wildlife Zoo project propelled INNOWOOD’s composite timber alternative into the building industry, where it continues to be used today for a variety of applications to achieve sustainability, durability, longevity and the timber look and feel without timber’s challenges.
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