Freedom Building, Rotorua


Prolam approached Darryl from DCA Architects after spotting this awesome project on ArchiPro.

What can you tell us about this project?

“As the name suggests, it was formerly the retail and warehouse outlet for Freedom Furniture and Paint warehouse. TPB Properties Ltd purchased the building and developed it into A grade offices for a consulting firm and a law firm. While some structural upgrades were required the brief was to leave the existing structure of the building in place. The building is located with sightlines to the Prince’s Gate timber archway leading to the Government Gardens. We decided to use a timber lattice on the exterior to partially disguise the masonry walls, while making reference to the timber lattice on the Prince’s Gate. The use of timber is also in line with the local councils Wood First policy.”

 Why did you specify Prolam products in this project?

“We were familiar with the Prolam range of products having used them on previous projects. The ease of choosing and specifying timber sizes and treatment levels is easy. The contractors never seem to have any supply chain delays getting product into site.”

 What Prolam products were specified?

“PLP 100 H3.2 vertical posts and PLP 150 x 50 H3.2 horizontal lattices.”

 How are the Prolam products been used in this project?

“The vertical posts and the horizontal lattice have been applied as a non structural external wall façade treatment. They were chosen for their stability to not twist or warp in the weather.” 

Products Used

Vertical members: 88x88 visual posts
Horizontal members: 140x42 H3.2 visual


Prolam PL8 H5 Posts + Prolam PL8 Glulam Beams +


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