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Terrace House © PortLiving © Shigeru Ban

Check Out the World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Structure

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Amber C. Snider
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 12 June 2017

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban designed the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure for his first Canada-based project. 

Terrace House Model © Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban Architects teamed up with Vancouver-based developer PortLiving to create Terrace House, a new 20 luxury home development in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Made from locally-sourced timber, concrete, and glass, the Terrace House, once completed, will become the tallest timber structure in the world.

The design of Terrace House pays homage to late architect Arthur Erickson’s neighboring Evergreen building, an important landmark in British Columbia that features abundant plant-life on a series of receding terraces. According to the press release, Ban uses “triangular shapes, natural materials and greenery,” to pay tribute to Erickson’s original design, as well as seamlessly blend the terraces on each level.

Developer PortLiving worked closely with Cornelia Oberlander, the original landscape architect for the Evergreen Building, to help bridge the continuity between buildings. They also brought in “internationally renowned wood structural engineer” and master craftsman Hermann Blumer to oversee the Terrace House’s timber and construction needs.

Founder and CEO of PortLiving, Macario (Tobi) Reyes, says that they have brought together the “best of the best” for a “creative collaboration” on this project. “The result is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project setting new standards in design and construction,” he says. “Every detail has been considered right down to the specific foliage on the terraces.”

When completed, the Canadian building will set a new precedent for timber construction and push the limits of residential design.

Terrace House © PortLiving © Shigeru Ban