World's tallest hybrid wood building coming to Vancouver

Tori Floyd
Editor

A new housing project on its way to Vancouver, B.C. will soon be the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure.

Using wood, glass and concrete, Terrace House will be a 20-home structure which will compliment the existing Evergreen building.

The Evergreen building is an office building constructed in 1980, designed by architect Arthur Erikson. It has been declared a heritage building on account of its unique architectural design, necessitated by the trapezodial site on which it is built. It also incorporates natural green elements in an innovative way, largely thanks to landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander who worked with Erikson on the project.

Oberlander is returning to work on Terrace House, this time working with Japanese architect Shigeru Ban on designing a complementary building.

“Shigeru Ban has tremendous respect for Arthur Erickson’s work. It was the opportunity to design a building next to one of Erickson’s masterpieces that initially drew him to this innovative project,” said Dean Maltz, Managing Partner at Shigeru Ban Architects Americas, in a press release.

Terrace House will draw from the Evergreen design, continuing many of its visual elements from one building to the next.  It mirrors the use of greenery and triangles throughout the structure. The exact height of the finished structure is not yet known.

Click through the gallery above to see what the building is expected to look like.

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

Architect Shigeru Ban’s design for Terrace House is intended to complement the design of Arthur Erikson’s Evergreen building. (Shigeru Ban Architects)

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

The first 12 floors of the building will be concrete, while the remaining nine will be constructed from wood. (Shigeru Ban Architects)

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

This model shows how greenery is expected to be integrated with Terrace House’s exterior, similar to how it is used on Evergreen. (Martin Tessler/Shigeru Ban Architects)

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

The structure is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban’s first in Canada. (Martin Tessler/Shigeru Ban Architects)

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

The design makes use of the limited footprint available on the unique site. (Martin Tessler/Shigeru Ban Architects)

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

The building is one of several designed by world-renowned architects in Vancouver. (Martin Tessler/Shigeru Ban Architects)

Tallest hybrid wooden structure coming to Vancouver

Terrace House is located in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighbourhood. (Shigeru Ban Architects)

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