Diversified property major GPT Group has unveiled plans to build Australia’s largest timber building that will sit atop Melbourne Central mall at 300 Lonsdale Street.
The new 10-storey building will be a 19,400sq m tower comprising a frame structure that will be exposed through a glass facade and made of cross laminated timber, a lightweight factory manufactured material used in innovative timber structures.
The office extension, known as Frame, Melbourne's first premium office tower to use timber will sit among rivalling towers being currently built by Mirvac, Dexus and Charter Hall in the city's central business district.
Timber construction has taken off around the country featuring in a new wave of new buildings, including Tzannes-designed International House Sydney in Barangaroo being built by Lendlease and Bates Smart's CLT tower at 25 King Street in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
Engineered timber offers weight, design and sustainability advantages, helping speed up construction and reduce waste, making it a highly popular and strategic option for commercial real estate design.