This eighteen storey skyscraper, called Tallwood House – student residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver stands at 53 m and is the tallest mass timber building in the world. This project is a case-study in the new pace of construction that can be achieved through pre-fabricated materials, that are lighter, more environment friendly and easier to maneuver on-site.
Tallwood House is a hybrid structure, with concrete podium and lift cores, and cross laminated timber floors and walls upheld by glulam timber columns. Despite extensive use of wood and timber, the core structure is concealed behind drywall and concrete topping to comply with the locally accepted fire-safety codes.
With meticulous planning and the efficient integration of construction, the assembly of prefabricated materials to erect the actual structure took just 70 days – making it an incredibly quick and hassle-free process, with minimal onsite traffic, noise and pollution. This construction has led to a wave of mass timber towers being designed in and around Canada and in other parts of the world.
Project lead by: Aston Ostry Architects Inc.