The Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd designed by Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd is located in Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd. The Nelson region includes a substantial resource of plantation timber and a timber laminating plant which produces engineered timber with enhanced structural properties. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is a sustainable resource that allows for prefabrication, transportation and erection on remote sites with conventional carpentry skills and minimal environmental impact.
Following experimentation on a smaller scale, in 2007 Irving Smith Jack Architects used LVL as the key structural component for an isolated new house with boat only access. At Kumutoto Bay Beach House, structural LVL post and beams were exposed to support and brace inverted timber roof trusses. Roof and wall glazing illuminates the structure to delineate house areas and transpose the surrounding forest against the timber interiors.