Tallest hybrid timber tower receives green light

When completed, Terrace House in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour will be the tallest hybrid timber tower in North America.
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Terrace House in Vancouver has received its official building permits to begin construction in the city’s Coal Harbour neighbourhood. Designed by Shigeru Ban, the 71-m (233-ft) structure is set to become North America’s tallest hybrid timber tower, surpassing the University of British Columbia’s (UBC’s) 18-storey Brock Commons.

When completed, the 19-storey high-rise condominium will feature a mixture of glass, concrete, and wood for its terraced 12-storey podium and exposed mass timber in the top seven storeys. The design’s use of triangular shapes and natural materials consciously references and complements the neighbouring Evergreen Building, designed by the late Arthur Erickson.

The project received approval for an ‘alternative solution’ permit by the office of Vancouver’s Chief Building Official. This means the building’s exposed timber complies with the city’s structural, fire, and seismic-related regulations and has been determined to be as safe as a conventionally constructed tower of same height.

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