Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design a residential tower for Vancouver that its developers claim will be the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world – Terrace House.
Terrace House apartment tower is slated to rise near the waterfront in central Vancouver, where a curved apartment tower by architect Kengo Kuma is also being built.
Although information about the Ban-designed structure’s height has not yet been disclosed, a rendering of the building shows a glass-clad tower with a sloped roof. Its upper portion will be formed by a timber frame supported by a concrete and steel core.
“The project will set the benchmark for the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world, in addition to being Shigeru Ban’s tallest project to date and first-ever project in Canada,” said the developer, PortLiving, which is due to release more details about the project later this year.
The tower’s upper portion will feature timber framing supported by a concrete and steel core, the developer said. The wood will be sourced from British Columbia.
“This innovative design marks a milestone for the industry and a global benchmark for timber design and liveability,” the developer stated.
The project is the latest example of the timber tower trend, with wood-framed high-rise buildings proposed or being built in several American and European cities.
The world’s tallest wooden building to date is a 14-storey apartment block in Bergen, Norway, but several more are in the pipeline.
SHoP Architects has designed a 10-storey residential tower in Manhattan that is set to become the city’s tallest building constructed from structural timber, while French architect Jean Paul Viguier has proposed a trio of timber-framed towers for Bordeaux.
Port Living has applied to theCity of Vancouver for permission to develop a Coal Harbour site at 1255 West Pender Street that they acquired in 2014.
The 8,250 SF site has had various development plans for close to 10 years. The most recent iteration included a 14-storey building consisting of 25 condo units and 3,500 SF of office space with a total density of 5.7 FSR. That project, called “The Views” was launched in 2013 for pre-sales but never proceeded and the site was subsequently sold.
The site is unique not only due to its small size, but its adjacency to the nearby Coal Harbour Park, Evergreen Building and neighbouring Palladio condo building. Preserving existing views and privacy from adjacent buildings results in a unique building massing.
The revised plan, by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, calls for a 19-storey mixed use building that pays homage to the Evergreen Building on the lower portion and incorporates a unique mass timber structure above. Plans include the following:
· 20 residential units (incl. 8 two-bedrooms, ten 3-bedrooms and 8 four-bedrooms)
· Unit sizes of 1,258 SF to 3,657 SF
· One unit per floor on tower floors
· Wood composite construction above concrete podium
· Retail on the ground floor;
· Building height of approximately 224 feet
· Total floor area of 54,503 SF;
· Total Density of 6.6 FSR
· 3 levels of underground parking accessed from West Hastings St.
Building Name: Terrace House
Address: 1250 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects & Francl Architecture
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Property Type: Residential, Comercial
Neighbourhood: Coal Harbour
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