Abodo Cabin Showcase

Abodo Cabin Showcase

Lead engineer: Fearghal McGuinness

Date of completion: March 2020

Region: Cardrona, South Island

Size of Project: 91sqm including loft

Type of Project: Commercial

Architect: Assembly Architects

Contractor: Dunlop Builders

Designed by Assembly Architects as a showcase for Abodo timber products and processes, this deceptively simple form transcends the line from building to artwork. Set in the harsh alpine climate of the Cardrona Valley, this structure has been designed and delivered to demonstrate both durability and beauty of Abodo timbers. To showcase the material, the concept required that all elements forming the structural build-up to be expressed to produce an apparent axonometric form. All these elements appear to be independent. This is achieved by the provision of extremely discrete fixing and detailing, realised by Dunlop Builders.

Experiencing the high vaulted form inside, it is intentionally difficult to discern how the steel portals, timber studs, rafters and ridge beam are linked. The seemingly absent lintels, blocking and wind beams will have you questioning items that are typically expected in more standard construction. We can assure that these elements have been allowed for, but you will have to step inside this showcase to determine the “how”.



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