Shigeru Ban’s Hybrid Timber Tower

WORDS Amelia Brown PHOTOS PortLiving

The award-winning Japanese architect has designed a residential tower in Vancouver called the “Terrace House” – set to become the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure.

Terrace House comprises 20 apartments, all designed by Shigeru Ban himself, that boast smart home technologies, a dedicated concierge team, impressive skyline views, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to external terraces, landscaped by Cornelia Oberlander.

Located off the living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms in most residences, the terraces are finished with ambient lighting and porcelain tiles that match the interior white oak wood flooring. They offer a year-round indoor-outdoor lifestyle in the “winter gardens” – homes are encased in low-emissivity glass and the large enclosed terraces are equipped with electronic glass-sliding panels.

Almost half of the homes occupy entire floors. A vertical orientation allows for only three residences to occupy the top seven floors of the building. The homes within the upper timber levels feature vertical and horizontal wood structural beams and columns with integrated acoustic channels that absorb sound and add warmth to the living areas.