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Terrace House will be world’s tallest hybrid timber structure

Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighbourhood continues to attract proposals for new luxury developments, many designed by prominent international architects.

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has revealed more details and renderings of his first project in Canada, in partnership with Vancouver-based developer, PortLiving.
Terrace House will be an exclusive new development of 20 homes located at 1250 West Hastings Street in Coal Harbour. The architecture pays tribute to the neighbouring Evergreen Building, a listed landmark in Vancouver.

The Evergreen Building is known as one of the most significant works of renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.

Ban will pay tribute to Erickson by ensuring that the architectural cues and philosophy of the Evergreen Building are respected.

The terraces on the Evergreen Building will blend almost seamlessly across Terrace House on each level.

The architect says each aspect of the project makes connections to Erickson’s work through the use of triangular shapes, natural materials and greenery.

“Shigeru Ban has tremendous respect for Arthur Erickson’s work. It was the opportunity to design a building next to one of Erickson’s masterpieces that initially drew him to this innovative project,” said Dean Maltz, managing partner at Shigeru Ban Architects.

PortLiving and Ban will be working with the original landscape architect who worked on the neighbouring Evergreen Building, Cornelia Oberlander.

Hermann Blumer, one of the world’s foremost authorities on timber structures and construction, will also be on the project.

“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. The result is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project setting new standards in design and construction,” said Macario (Tobi) Reyes, founder and CEO of PortLiving.

“Every detail has been considered right down to the specific foliage on the terraces. It only made sense to bring on Cornelia Oberlander to continue her vision and create continuity between the Evergreen Building by Arthur Erickson and Terrace House by Shigeru Ban.”

Terrace House will be the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure. The developer hopes the project will demonstrate Vancouver’s commitment to forward-thinking sustainable design and advanced timber engineering and construction.

For more information, visit TerraceHouse.ca

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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