On April 15, the world watched as the Notre-Dame in Paris, constructed eight centuries ago, nearly saw its end in the historic fire that devoured its roofs. Now, Belgian ecological architecture firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) proposes a design for the cathedral that brings history, science, art, and spirituality together.
T3 Bayside, on of the tallest timber office buildings in North America, will be emerging in Toronto’s Bayside community, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Designed by 3XN, the 10-storey structure will be 42 m (138 ft) tall.
Legacy on Park Avenue in Langley, B.C., is a six-storey condominium combining advanced building systems with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. According to the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), this is also the very first application in Canada for a CLT firewall.
Three buildings in southern British Columbia offer insights into how industrial construction might evolve to offer greater environmental performance as well as speed and flexibility when employing mass timber products and systems.
A recent workshop on fire properties of materials concluded cross-laminated timber (CLT) and insulation applied to the exteriors of high-rise buildings are among the materials most in need of urgent research and development.
Construction is complete on the much-anticipated Virtuoso project, a six-storey residential development located at The University of British Columbia’s (UBC’s) Wesbrook Village. Owned by Adera Development Corporation, this building is one of the first market condominium projects in North America constructed using mass timber.
Québec Premier Phillipe Couillard recently announced the provincial government’s change to regulation so buildings up to 12-storeys can be built with lumber. After a consultation from Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), the provincial agency responsible for the building code, and research institute FPInnovations (FPI), the province decided to make the change to help promote the use of wood in construction.
Wood has long been regarded as a viable material for construction thanks to numerous factors, namely design flexibility, efficiency, and affordability—reasons making it especially popular for smaller housing projects. Add in a smaller carbon footprint than concrete or steel, and wood can also be seen as a much more sustainable choice.
In Prince George, B.C., the corner of George Street and Fifth Avenue has been a hive of activity since October 17, 2013—the day the first massive pieces of engineered timber for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) started arriving, launching what is expected to be the tallest contemporary wood building in North America, and one of the highest anywhere in the world.