Erected in just 37 days & taking home 18 award winsThe Incubator at Macquarie University 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 learning 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.
Our Timber team found solutions to deliver the architectural intent on; continuity of multiple timber members crossing each other, hidden connections whilst maintaining member continuity, large spans, large cantilevers, and slender members. Achieving the specified geometry, while splitting the structure into modular units for efficient transport.