Six storey commercial building

John Chapman, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Auckland

A current research project at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland, is investigating the feasibility of a 6 storey commercial building that uses uniform diameter roundwood as the main structural elements. This paper
summarises the concept of the proposed building system and the factors which support it. In the conclusions of this paper, the probable future directions of this line of research are outlined.

Round Timbers, in building, are tree stems that have had their bark removed by peeling or shaving processes. Virtually all round timber utilised in New Zealand is pinus radiata. However, Corsican pine logs are available. (Reelick, Reelick, 2003).

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