The Incubator, Macquarie University
Macquarie Park, NSW
Constructed entirely from timber and erected in just 37 days, the Incubator is an inspiring new space for students, researchers, staff, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The single-storey building is purpose-built and designed using modular construction techniques, allowing it to be disassembled and relocated at the end of five years. It consists of two pavilions linked by a corridor, incorporating events and tutorial space as well as meeting rooms.
The total roof length is 20m – with slender tapering Glulam roof beams spanning the event and tutorial space and cantilevering a further 3m over the perimeter veranda. The beams are supported by V columns of Victorian Ash. The roof timbers, shipped from Austria had to fit in 12m long containers, which presented challenges to achieve the many junctions required between Glulam beams. TTW engineers determined the optimal solution involving internal flitch plates with steel dowels.
This striking building is seen by the university as the first step in the establishment of the Macquarie Park Innovation District – intended to harness the area’s potential as a world-class, collaborative ecosystem and innovation centre.
- GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award – Research & Technology category
- ACSE Awards – Excellence in Structural Engineering – Medium Building Projects
- Australian Timber Design Awards – Excellence in Timber Design – Innovative Structural Design
- Australian Timber Design Awards – Excellence in the use of Timber – Engineered Timber
- Australian Timber Design Awards – Excellence in the use of Timber – Timber Panels
- Australian Timber Design Awards – Excellence in the use of Timber – Timber windows and doors