Designs are being finalised for a 19-storey residential tower, near the Vancouver waterfront, a hybrid timber structure made up of wood, concrete and steel.
According to local media sources, the tower will peak at over seventy meters in height, making it the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world.
The largest structure currently can be found at the University of British Columbia, which stands fifty-three meters high and is also located in Vancouver.
“Terrace House will be the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure,” said developers PortLiving.
“The goal of this innovative wood, glass, and concrete tower is to make a prominent gesture that demonstrates Vancouver’s commitment to forward-thinking sustainable design and advanced timber engineering and construction,” they continued.
The trend for tall hybrid structures is really taking off, with PLP Architecture and researchers from the University of Cambridge putting concepts forward for London’s first wooden skyscraper and a similar hybrid tower proposed for the city of Bordeaux by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier.
Here is an example of a smaller hybrid timber structure in Hamburg
Shigeru Ban is behind this latest project, his first in Canada. The Japanese architect hopes his designs will complement the listed landmark next door – the Evergreen Building by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.
The concrete office building, completed by Erickson in 1978, is fronted by stepped floors with zigzagging concrete roofs that are brimming with planting.
Similarly, the terraces of Ban’s building will also overflow with greenery, staggering outwards on one side to form a mirror image of the older structure.
The opportunity to respond to the building is what apparently attracted Ban to the project in the first place.
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