Canada Plans World's Tallest Hybrid Tower

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019

Initial plans have been released for what is being dubbed the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in Vancouver, Canada.

Delta Land Development worked with Peter Busby at architectural firm Perkins+Will to outline the plans for the mixed-used high-rise dubbed “Canada Earth Tower,” which would also adhere to aggressive green building standards.

The Tower

If approved, the building would stand 30-40 stories, at approximately 120 meters (393 feet) and is designed for approximately 136 condominium apartments and 34 purpose-built rentals, according to Business in Vancouver.

It will also include four to six stories of office space and 130,000 square feet of commercial space at street level.

The tower would use British Columbia-manufactured and processed mass timber, as well as cross-laminated, glue-laminated and dowel-laminated timber. Reinforced concrete would be required for the elevator cores, stairs and foundation.

Derek Newby, another Perkins associate, says that the tower would use ground- and air-source heat pumps and solar panels for heating in addition to natural ventilation and heat recovery from waste heat sources and recovery ventilators.

"The project will be Passive House certified, and will exceed the City of Vancouver's Zero Emissions Building Plan performance requirements, well ahead of the 2030 [reduction of carbon pollution] target," said Perkins+Will, according to New Atlas.

"Aggressively reducing Green House Gas emissions, in construction and operations, is a priority for the project. As a part of the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) Zero Carbon Buildings Pilot program, Canada's Earth Tower will be a zero emissions building. The building will not consume fossil fuels, such as natural gas, in operation."

Other Timber Projects

In March, Norway completed the world’s tallest timber tower, Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter in Brumunddal.

The 85.4-meter-high (280-foot-tall) tower was built using cross-laminated timber and succeeded the 53-meter-high Brock Commons Tallwood House in Vancouver (a hybrid structure) and the 49-meter-tall Treet building in Bergen, Norway (which is another all-timber building).

In the United States, its largest mass timber building was completed in 2016 by T3. Two years later, Lotus Equity Group and Vancouver firm Michael Green Architecture released renderings of what will be the United States’ largest mass timber office building, slated to be complete in 2020.

Other future timber endeavors include Penda’s design concept for a residential tower and vertical farm, and Anders Berensson Architects proposed development for 31 wooden skyscrapers to be built in Stockholm. 3XN recently announced its plans for what will be North America's tallest timber office tower in Toronto. And, by 2041, Tokyo plans to be the new home of the world’s tallest timber building.


Tagged categories: Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Good Technical Practice; Green building; NA; North America; Wood

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