Admittedly, sustainable design isn?t exactly the core reason for this post, but the Chancellery Building and Business School at Edith Cowan University provides some breathtaking imagery that?s just too delicious to pass up. Located in Western Australia on the Joondalup Campus, this collection of structures was designed by Hassell, in association with FJMT, to give the campus an iconic recognizable landmark. Although the building?s skyline and delicate louvers are similar to Renzo Piano?s Tjibaou Cultural Center, the building?s use of a sustainable hardwood solar screen is what has us excited.

A majority of the architectural expression occurs along the building?s two major axis, where massive jarrah wood and steel structures are connected by aluminum louvers and delicate jarrah wood screens. This feathered composition creates a solar screen, shielding several exterior student gathering spaces, while reducing heat gain on interior work spaces, the caf?, bookshop, and gallery spaces.

Native to Australia, the jarrah tree is a hardwood tree which grows about 120? tall and 9? in diameter at the base. Evidently the wood looks a lot like mahogany and is termite resistant- which sounds too good to be true! While the jarrah tree is not a fast-growing species, the Australian government has begun to oversee logging, ensuring that jarrah is sustainably harvested.

+ Chancellery Building and Business School

also see: Architecture Australia

While we found much information regarding sustainable jarrah practices at Gunns Limited, we have since learned that they have developed a reputation as one of Australia’s biggest destroyers of native forests, having done little to promote the Australian and Tasmanian ecosystems. Readers, your insights into Gunns, jarrah wood harvesting, and Australian native species are welcome! We encourage you to post anything here for the sake of dialog and education.