PortLiving prepares to build tall hybrid timber structure in Vancouver

PortLiving tall wood hybrid tower
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Developer PortLiving has unveiled renderings of what has been asserted be the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban.

The 19-storey Terrace House, built from loccally sourced timber, glass and concrete, will reach 71 metres in height and will contain a collection of private homes in Coal Harbour, Vancouver.

Shigeru Ban Architects Americas has designed the building, with a sloping triangular roof and will be covered in natural materials.

“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,” PortLiving founder Macario (Tobi) Reyes said in a statement.

The world’s tallest timber building, the 57 m. Brock Commons, is also in Vancouver.

One one website, a commenter noted that the assertion that this is the tallest wood hybrid structure may be overstated. “Most websites report, that this will be the world’s tallest wooden hybrid-structure, but this is not true!,” the comment on Global Construction Review News said. “The tallest hybrid will be HoHo Wien in Vienna with 24 storeys and 84 meters height. And it’s construction is already ongoing and will probably be finished by the end of 2018! No way the Terrace House will be completed any sooner.”


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