World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Structure Coming to Coal Harbour

Christina Newberry
July 18, 2016

A residential development to be built in Coal Harbour will become the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure and the first Canadian project for Pritzker Architecture Prize–winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has been recognized for his innovative use of materials.

The project, called Terrace House, will use sustainable building materials, including wood entirely sourced from BC, in what Dean Maltz, a partner at Shigeru Ban Architects USA, called "an opportunity to embrace the natural beauty of the surroundings and to capture inspiring views." The timber upper portion of the project will be supported by a concrete and steel core. 

Shigeru Ban has previously designed iconic buildings like the Centré Pompidou-Metz and Cité Musicale in France, the Aspen Art Museum, the Nomadic Museum and MoMA Paper Arch in Manhattan and the new headquarters for Swatch and Omega in Switzerland, as well as residential projects in Sri Lanka, Tokyo and Manhattan, among other locations.

Terrace House, a collaboration with developer PortLiving, will be the architect’s tallest structure designed to date. 

Christina Newberry
Christina Newberry is a Vancouver-based writer and editor who writes lifestyle and travel stories for publications both online and in print. When she's not travelling, Christina can be found exploring Vancouver's unique neighbourhoods or puttering in her community garden plot.