2019 WAN Awards: International house Sydney - Tzannes

Copy taken from entry 2019
28 Aug 2019

International house Sydney - Tzannes is an entry in the Wood in Architecture category at the 2019 World Architecture News Awards.

International House Sydney is designed as a distinctive element in the city, a gateway to the new financial precinct of Barangaroo, responding to and benefiting both the public domain and its intended commercial users. Off-site prefabrication of timber elements allowed the building to be constructed 2 months faster than a concrete equivalent, quietly within an active financial district, utilizing a very small construction footprint.

The building is rated 6 star Green Star and represents a true low carbon building outcome, both in construction and operation. With the advantages of biophilic design and warm natural interiors, the workplace environment is innovative and uplifting for the users, unique and distinctive from any other commercial space available. Roof mounted photovoltaics generate renewable energy for the building and the adjacent harbour provides building cooling via heat exchange and chilled beam technology. 

Key features Include:

  • authentic engineered timber structure, demonstrating innovation and leadership for this building typology

  • timber is the hero of the building, revealed and expressed authentically throughout all areas of the office floor plates and vertical circulation

  • building sold at top dollar to high quality investors and leased to A-grade tenants in a competitive commercial Sydney market, demonstrating financial excellence

  • clear, clean, minimal façade system reveals timber structure to the public domain, generating public interest and appreciation of a new form of beauty for commercial buildings

  • delivers a warm and engaging workplace which assists the health and wellbeing of a workforce, lowering stress and enhancing cognitive ability

To see more amazing entries from this year’s WAN Awards please click here.

Key Facts

2019 Shortlist Entry
Wood in architecture

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