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Shigeru Ban Architects Design World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Building in Vancouver

Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban is designing the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in Vancouver, Canada. The project which has been revealed by Vancouver-based developer PortLiving is called “Terrace House” and it will comprise private homes for “luxurious urban living”. It will be exactly located in Coal Harbour neighborhood, adjacent to the 40-year-old Evergreen building, designed by late Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.

Terrace House. Image Courtesy of PortLiving

The new building takes design inspirations from its neighboring landmark by adopting triangular forms, natural materials, and greenery. “Shigeru Ban has tremendous respect for Arthur Erickson’s work,” said Dean Maltz, Managing Partner at Shigeru Ban Architects Americas. “It was the opportunity to design a building next to one of Erickson’s masterpieces that initially drew him to this innovative project.”

The adjacent Evergreen Building, designed by Arthur Erickson. Image © Flickr user jmv. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

With the world’s current tallest timber building, Brock Commons, in Vancouver as well, the city confirms its leadership and commitment to innovative sustainable design. “Terrace House will set a new precedent for architecture and innovation not only in Vancouver but around the world,” states the developers on their website.

Terrace House model. Image Courtesy of PortLiving

“We have brought together the best of the best – a team of true experts in creative collaboration, working together for the first time ever on a single project,” said Macario (Tobi) Reyes, founder, and CEO of PortLiving. “The result is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project setting new standards in design and construction. Every detail has been considered right down to the specific foliage on the terraces.” Reyes, also, revealed that Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander will be responsible for maintaining the continuity between Terrace House and the Evergreen building.

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