Project details

// Client -
New Ground Living
// Location -
// Services -
// Construction Monitoring
// Fabrication Design
// Structural Engineering
// Project value -
$20 million
// Status -

The Toru Apartments building, located in the Remarkables Park development in Queenstown. The 7-storey residential apartment building, was designed  to address the chronic shortage of accommodation in the area. The apartments are targeted at the younger generation of working professionals in Queenstown.

The building was designed using structural timber framing walls and timber-concrete composite flooring units, designed to be prefabricated as flat-pack frames. This is a push towards achieving a more modular type of construction to reduce construction cost and material wastage. While modular construction is on the rise worldwide, a major challenge is how to design a modular structure in regions of high seismicity. The Toru Apartments building were designed as a wall building, using a low damage system called PRESSS, to provide lateral strength, hysteretic damping, and re-centering capabilities. This system is well suited to prefabrication and also enables us to significantly reduce the quantity of reinforcing used in the walls, providing an innovative and economic structural system to the project.

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