Australia’s first cross laminated timber (CLT) hotel is set to open in 2020, with around 5300 tonnes of CLT used in its construction to offset 4200 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The hotel, located in Melbourne’s Southbank, is set to open in around six months at the intersection of Southbank Boulevard and City Road.
Designed by Bates Smart, the 220-room hotel also has an energy management system included in each room to automatically control the HVAC system.
Timber from the hotel was sourced from suppliers with Forest Stewardship Council certification, with an electric crane used to limit the impact of noise during construction.
Bates Smart Director Julian Anderson said in addition to the reduced carbon emissions, CLT provided lower transport costs and time saving advantages from off-site manufacturing.
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“It also presents a more sustainable approach to increasing density within our cities,” he said.
“To create the 220-room accommodation tower, an additional ten levels were able to be built on the existing concrete building, providing 13,000 square metres of new floor space.
“This combines to make Adina Melbourne Southbank the world’s tallest mass timber vertical extension.”
TFE Hotels’ Chief Operating Office Chris Sedgwick said Adina Apartment Hotels as a brand had embraced the concept of design-driven hotels and had a number of contemporary new-build hotels in the pipeline.
“As the Adina brand continues to evolve, expect to see a certain wow factor in design that will be offset by the Australian hospitality that our hotel teams will deliver,” he said.
“At Adina Melbourne Southbank, the wow will come from the innovative use of such sustainable building product, as well as the contemporary look and feel.”
Sedgwick said the architects paid careful attention to the way the existing building “turned the corner” and have incorporated a glass curtain facade and curved balcony.
“Internally, the hotel’s design has taken inspiration from the architecture,” Sedgwick said.
“The ground floor lobby is lined with timber, aligning with the new method of construction, which exudes a warm and welcoming ambience in shared public spaces.”