Shigeru Ban Architects unveil plans for the worlds tallest hybrid timber building

June 6, 2017 by  
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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban just unveiled plans for the world’s tallest timber hybrid high-rise, the Terrace House . Slated for Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood, the angular structure will have multiple tiers of abundant greenery rising up through a latticework frame made out of locally-sourced timber . According to the design description, “meticulously engineered timber” will be used to create the building’s latticework frame , which will be interspersed with an abundance of greenery rising up from the ground floor. The proposed design will create not only the world’s largest timber hybrid structure, but will be a luminous icon for Vancouver’s growing cityscape. Ban’s proposed design will hold court right next to the city’s famed Evergreen Building , designed by late architect Arthur Erickson . Related: Nation’s largest cross-laminated timber academic building is an icon of sustainability The stunning project, which will be led by Vancouver-based developer PortLiving , was carefully crafted by Ban to stand out for its cutting-edge design without taking away from the existing architecture, “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 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.” Although Ban’s design is sure to be a stellar icon of timber architecture , it won’t be the city’s only wooden wonder; the world’s current tallest timber building, Brock Commons , was completed in Vancouver just last year. + Terrace House + Shigeru Ban Architects Via Archdaily Images via PortLiving

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Natural material palette brings warmth to minimalist Swiss home

December 12, 2016 by  
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Proving that minimalist design doesn’t have to sacrifice warmth, Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten designed their latest project, Swiss Simplicity, to be a contemporary, yet comfortable family home. The architects incorporated basic elements of traditional Swiss construction, but broke away from the mold by using a variety of natural materials to bring a soothing harmony to the design. Located in Seltisberg, Switzerland, the home was designed as a comfortable haven for a family of four and their beloved cats. Keeping in mind the homeowners’ vision of “Switzerland style,” the architects used a sophisticated combination of wood, concrete, stone, steel, and glass throughout the design. Simple volumes and sharp angles pay homage to local building traditions, which, combined with some thoroughly modern twists, give the structure a unique character. Related: Branching addition cuts through existing Swiss farmhouse to increase structural integrity On the interior, a beautiful open floor plan was carved out for the living space, giving precedence to the communal family areas. The living room, kitchen and dining room are all seamlessly combined into one large airy space in order to create a strong sense of togetherness. Additionally, the simple color pallet of white walls and hard wood floors, along with the sleek industrial wooden and concrete staircase, creates a soothing living space. + Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten Images via Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten

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World’s tallest hybrid timber tower by Shigeru Ban coming to Vancouver

July 12, 2016 by  
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Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban has been tapped to design his first building in Canada: an innovative high-rise set to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower once complete. Created in collaboration with real estate developer PortLiving , the luxury tower will be developed in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood. As with all of Ban’s projects, the Vancouver project will showcase an environmentally sustainable design approach and a pioneering use of materials. ? Shigeru Ban has designed residential projects around the world, from the Metal Shutter House in Manhattan to the Curtain Wall House in Tokyo, however, the Vancouver residential development will be the architect’s tallest structure designed to-date. The building will be set in one of the last available locations in Coal Harbor, and is expected to set a new standard for luxury urban development, sustainability, and engineering innovation. Related: 10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban ? “We are honoured to be working with Shigeru Ban and his team to bring a visionary design and new landmark to the City of Vancouver ,” said Macario (Tobi) Reyes, founder and CEO of PortLiving. “We are extremely excited by Shigeru Ban’s decision to bring his craft to the Pacific Northwest, where we expect he will be embraced for his environmentally-sustainable approach, creative integration of outdoor living, and his leadership in innovation.” Specific project details and designs will be revealed later this year. + Shigeru Ban Images via PortLiving

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

December 12, 2015 by  
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This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

July 21, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to prevent your house from killing you

July 21, 2015 by  
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Is your house trying to kill you? No, that’s not the premise for a B-grade horror movie; it’s a concern about the toxins and unhealthy elements hidden in our homes. To help protect you and your family, ABC Humane Wildlife put together an infographic with a comprehensive list of all the ways your house may be harming your health. The infographic not only identifies these dangerous elements, but also offers valuable tips on prevention. Click through to see the full list. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to prevent your house from killing you

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WoodWorks announces its 2015 Wood Design Award Winners

January 28, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of WoodWorks announces its 2015 Wood Design Award Winners Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Wood Design Award , Andrew Berman , architecture award , bensonwood , Bushnaq Studio Architecture + Design , Di Loreto Architecture , Dynerman Architects , flansburgh architects , Gantt Huberman Architects , Gensler , green architecture , Green Building , hmc architects , LEO A DALY , LS3P Associates , marcy wong donn logan architects , oakland , Patano Studio Architecture , Paul Murdoch Architects , Sauter Timber , timber architecture , timber church , wood architecture , Wood School Design , WoodWorks

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Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in Japan

November 14, 2014 by  
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Hamada Design’s Glass + Wood Building in Japan Wraps Around Living Trees

November 12, 2014 by  
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Curved Wooden Kamppi Chapel of Silence Provides Quiet Sanctuary in Helsinki

October 17, 2014 by  
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