Design for world’s tallest timber building unveiled in Vancouver

Canadian developer PortLiving has unveiled renders of what will be the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.

Terrace House will contain a collection of private homes in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, Canada.

The 19-storey angular structure will be made from locally sourced timber as well as glass and concrete, and will reach 71 metres in height.

The tower will sit across from Arthur Erickson’s Evergreen Building, which contains multiple trapezoid roofs and is covered in greenery.

Dean Maltz, managing partner at Shigeru Ban Architects Americas, said: "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."

Terrace House has a sloping triangular roof and will be covered in natural materials.

Macario (Tobi) Reyes, founder of PortLiving, said: "We have brought together the best of the best – a team of true experts in creative collaboration, working together for the first time ever on a single project.

"The result is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project setting new standards in design and construction. Every detail has been considered right down to the specific foliage on the terraces."

The world’s tallest timber building, 57-m-high Brock Commons, was completed in Vancouver last year after construction started in 2015.

Images courtesy of PortLiving

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  1. Most websites report, that this will be the worlds tallest wooden hybrid-structure, but this is not true! The tallest hybrid will be HoHo Wien in Vienna with 24 storeys and 84 meters height. And it’s construction is already ongoing and will probably be finished by the end of 2018! No way the Terrace House will be completed any sooner.

  2. Congratulations to Shigeru Ban’s great work

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