Originally developed as a protoype for testing, the EXPAN building now settled on the grounds of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a stunning testament to what can be done simply and effectively using EXPAN Structural Timber Solutions
At only 2/3 scale, some adjustment had to be made to take the building out of the lab and into the real world, where it now acts as an office for Structural Timber Innovation Company and has become a showcase that is attracting engineeers, architects, owners and developers.
Designed by leading local architect Thom Craig, from the test building that had been put through the ringer in the university testing facilities, the finished bulding is at once simple and spacious, with the construction proudly on display for all to see.
Architect Thom Craig is enthusiastic about EXPAN and recently took the technology to the world stage when he used it as part of his entry for a competition in Japan.
“There is now a lot more innovation and use of timber in contemporary, cutting-edge architecture. Timber provides not only the supporting tectonics of structures, but also the potential to play with it as covering 'skins'. Computerisation and emerging technologies coupled with creative innovation has helped to position this natural resource as an important player in the structural, cladding and decorative markets.”
Mr Craig says the Canterbury earthquake has made all sectors of the community re-define their thinking about what forms the various parts of 'enclosing' structures in a more heightened and focused way.
“A lot of people are now looking to a wider range of different technologies more carefully and, of course, timber is one of those technologies.”
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After months of testing in the lab, this incredible building took on the challenges of the real world, on the grounds of the University of Canterbury.