Plans for tallest hybrid timber structure in the world revealed

Preliminary plans were recently revealed for the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world, Architectural Digest announced. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Vancouver developer PortLiving have teamed up to build a residential building thought to break current records.

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(Design rendering of the planned Terrace House. Photo credit: PortLiving)

Details for the project are still under wraps, but it is believed the skyscraper will be the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world once complete.  The building, currently known as Terrace House, will be located in an area of Vancouver called Coal Harbor.  Nick Mafi reports that the upper portion of the structure will be a combination of a timber frame supported by a concrete and steel core.

Vancouver is not a stranger to building with mass timber. Construction at University of British Columbia’s campus is underway for an 18 story tall dormitory.

Quebec City ready for Origine

Nordic Structures is in the final planning stages to build the 13 story tall Origine apartment building in Quebec City. After 18 months of planning and testing, the apartment block is getting ready. According to Global Construction Review, Origine will be made of 7-layer black spruce CLT panels and finished with an aluminum facade.

NORDIC_Origine_1(Conceptual design for Nordic Structure’s Origine building. Photo credit: Nordic Structures)

Yvan Blouin Architecte is the architecture firm responsible for designing the building. It will contain 94 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and will be located in Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district.

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(Conceptual design for the interior and city view for Origine. Photo credit: Nordic Structures)

Read more about Origine at Nordic Structure’s project page.

Cities across Canada turn to wood for condos

Canada’s condominium construction industry is embracing wood all across the country. According to the Metro Toronto, there has been a rise in the number of condominiums built out of wood– with no signs of stopping. Cost and design are highlighted as two of the benefits to using wood in mid-rise condos.

CABIN Condos(CABIN Condominiums, one of the wood condominiums being built in Canada. Photo credit: Curated Properties)

Recent changes to provincial building codes are credited for the surge of wood mid-rise buildings up to six stories in Ontario and British Columbia. The limit in most of the other jurisdictions is only four stories. Building codes which allow for more wood could change for the entire country with modifications to the National Building Code of Canada.

Read the full article about this wood condo surge at Metro Toronto.

New residential building at UBC to be made with wood

Plans are underway to construct one of the tallest wood buildings in the world. The University of British Columbia will soon be building a new residence building that will stand 174 feet tall. The 18 story tall wood student residence building will be home to 404 students in a mixture of studios and four-bedroom units. The building will also provide students with study and social gathering spaces and a lounge.

UBC residence building(Design plan for the new 18 story UBC residence building. Photo credit: Acton Ostry Architects)

Project plans describe the building consisting of a mass timber structure above a concrete base. UBC aims for the building to be certified at the LEED Gold level or higher.

The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. Wood is a sustainable and versatile building material that stores, rather than emits, carbon dioxide. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification.

The project is managed by UBC Properties Trust. The project architect is Acton Ostry Architects, who is working closely with the tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann from Austria. Fast + Epp is the structural engineer.

Funding contributions include UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Forestry Innovation Investment, Natural Resources Canada and B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Read more about the new UBC student residence building in their press release.