a look at the world’s tallest hybrid timber building

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Shigeru Ban, and local Vancouver local firm, Francl ArchitectureTerrace House is set to become the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure.

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1255 West Pender Street (left side) will mirror the adjacent Evergreen Building (right). | image: Port Living / Shigeru Ban / Francl Architecture

Tall and slender, the 19-storey mixed-use building will find it’s home between the existing 28-storey Palladio and Arthur Erickson’s historic 10-storey Evergreen Building in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighbourhood.

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Terrace House model | image: Port Living / Shigeru Ban / Francl Architecture

The first 12 floors of the building, as well as the three underground parking levels, will use traditional construction: concrete and steel. The balconies and facade of these lower levels will be in alignment with the lines of the Evergreen Building. To further blend the appearance of the two structures, landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander will mirror her work on the Evergreen Building on Terrace House.

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image: Port Living / Shigeru Ban / Francl Architecture

The hybrid timber component of Terrace House will be introduced in the top seven storeys, with all wood used being exclusively sourced locally within British Columbia. The wood will be used to construct the exterior and floor plates, supported by a concrete and steel core in accordance with local seismic building codes.

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image: Port Living / Shigeru Ban / Francl Architecture

“The form of the upper portion of the building, above Evergreen, is triangular,” reads the design rationale by the proponents. “It is shaped to prevent casting new shadows on Coal Harbour Park and to maintain existing views from adjacent buildings. The north facing terraces it affords orient living spaces toward the waterfront, establishing a strong connection between our project and the harbour.”

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image: Port Living / Shigeru Ban / Francl Architecture

Despite its height, Terrace House offers only 20 residential units, tentatively ranging in size from 1,258 sq ft (for a 2-bedroom unit) to 3.657 sq ft (for a 4-bedroom unit). Private external balconies and terraces may be as large as 610 sq ft.

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image: PortLiving

A development permit for Terrace House has been granted and PortLiving is now seeking a building permit, with a decision expected in October 2017.

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