Curving timber clad balconies showcase Accoya
The Barangoo House building is situated at the southern entry point to the large urban regeneration project, which was masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and includes a trio of skyscrapers designed by the London-based firm.
Australian architecture studio Collins and Turner designed the Barangaroo House project in response to a competition organised by developer Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. The brief called for a free-standing three-storey building, designed to house a major restaurant and bar venue.
The prominent and unusual urban site prompted a proposal with a strong visual presence intended to welcome visitors approaching from all directions.
The balconies are clad in a curving facade system comprising concentric timber dowels, which were individually steam bent and laminated into a series of predetermined curves before being fixed to aluminium brackets to ensure even spacing across the structure.
The dowels, which utilise a robust engineered pine called Accoya, were charred using the traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique. This creates a dark finish that enhances the wood's weatherproof properties so it requires little maintenance. The charred surface also references the primeval act of burning wood for cooking – as a nod to the restaurants inside.
Photo: Rory Gardiner
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