Variety of Truss Shapes in Community Buildings, Gracefield

The architect on this project chose to include eight Macrocarpa trusses in the new clubhouse building at Gracefield Lifestyle Village.  There are three different truss shapes with two traditional shaped trusses supporting the gable ends outside, four ‘5-sided’ Trusses through the main open plan living area and two rectangular trusses in the spa room.  The trusses compliment the stone feature walls beautifully and add to the quality atmosphere.

Pool House

Pool House in Mapua

Activekidz Swimschool in Mapua wanted to extend their teaching season by adding an indoor pool to their existing outdoor facility.  Sitting on the hill above the village of Mapua, overlooking Tasman Bay and the Richmond Ranges beyond, the new building needed to be in keeping with the self-catering chalets on site and nestle unobtrusively into the landscape. Our clients wanted a contemporary look with plenty of exposed timber to frame the views through the large glazed areas.  The roof and end-wall cross-bracing added a fun element to the design which worked well for an area that was to be used for teaching.
Hire the pool for an hour and see firsthand how the poolhouse looks; go to Activekidz Swim School for more information.

Pool House with King and Queen Post Trusses

Pool House with King and Queen Post Trusses

The designer of this large, rural Canterbury house was looking for something unusual to support the roof over an indoor swimming pool.  The technical challenge with indoor swimming pools is the corrosive affect that the chlorine can have on any exposed steelwork.  This makes a structural timber option more desirable and competitive financially.  Five  Queen Post trusses spanning 9.5m each were crafted using traditional mortise and tenon joinery to provide a stunning indoor space.