Industrial Long Wood

October 2020

Located in the False Creek Flats area of Vancouver, Industrial Long Wood is an exposed mass timber building that measures 27 by 21 metres wide and 162 metres long, equivalent to a 54-storey tower laid on its side. The proposed building supports a City of Vancouver planning vision for a newly established light industrial and digital tech office area located close to downtown and the Port of Vancouver.

To achieve economy through speed of construction, a “keep it simple” design approach leverages repetition and prefabrication. The seven-metre by nine-metre structural grid is comprised of glulam columns and cross bracing and CLT infill panels supported on glulam edge beams and a flush central steel beam. Two CLT cores provide additional seismic and lateral support.

recognition

2021
MIPIM/Architectural Review Future Project Award
Architecture Master Prize Honourable Mention

Yaletown Square

August 2018

The 2,625 square metre Yaletown Square is a rehabilitation of an existing two-storey 1910 Yaletown heritage designated warehouse building with a new three-storey addition above. The project will include a mix of commercial retail and office space. The design makes a clear distinction between the heritage building and the contemporary addition. Materials have been carefully selected to be complementary with the historic building.

The Duke

August 2018

Completed in March 2018, The Duke is a LEED Gold-certified rental use project designed under the City of Vancouver Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy.

Located near a busy transit-oriented node in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the 15,263-square metre, 14-storey, mixed-use project includes 201 rental units with ground floor retail housed in a unique building typology that is new to Vancouver.

The design features a soaring, open-air court over which a translucent fabric canopy shields the circulation space from rain. A dramatic vertical slot opens the court to the south to further flood the space with natural daylight. A vibrant, fuchsia-coloured public art piece suspended in the slot imbues the opening with a striking soft pink glow.

recognition

2021
Grands Prix du Design Residential Platinum Award

2020
HAVAN Award for Excellence in Innovative Housing
HAVAN Award for Best Multi-Family Highrise

2019
Architecture Foundation of British Columbia Award
MIBC Masonry Design Award of Merit
Architecture Master Prize Honourable Mention
Architizer A+Awards Residential Mid-Rise Finalist
Sustainable Architecture & Building Green Award

2018
Urban Development Institute Award of Excellence

Brock Commons Tallwood House

September 2016

Completed in 2017, Brock Commons Tallwood House is an 18 storey, LEED Gold certified, 404-bed student residence building located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Extraordinary for its height, making it the world’s tallest mass wood tower at the time of its completion, Tallwood House is also extraordinary for the speed the timber structure and prefabricated facade went up in only 66 days. At 2,233 cubic meters, the building utilizes an extraordinary amount of timber that stores an impressive 1,753 metric tons of carbon dioxide and avoids production of 679 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Key to receiving approvals and achieving economic viability was a “keep it simple” design approach that makes the building appear ordinary—extraordinarily ordinary—through encapsulation of the wood structure with gypsum board.

A prefabricated facade, arranged in a pattern of vertical striations, features pre-installed windows and cladding consisting of 70 per cent wood fibers. A metal cornice crowns the building. A CLT canopy runs the length of a curtain wall base, which reveals the warm wood finishes of amenity spaces within. Elevator lobbies are clad with the same material as the exterior. Hallway finishes include natural wood doors and a palette of rich umber and ochre accent finishes. Living unit interiors are bright white, spare and simple. The quintessential west coast ocean and mountain views are spectacular.

– overview: Brock Commons Tallwood House – Chapter 1: Overview
– podcasts: Future of Structures  World Architecture News
– articles: ADF Magazine SAB Magazine Canadian Architect  Fire Fighting in Canada
– technical: naturally:wood Canadian Wood Council virtual tour

recognition

2018

International Prize for Wood Architecture
Lieutenant Governor of BC Award
Sustainable Architecture & Building Green Award
Canadian Wood Council Wood Works Architect Award
Canadian Wood Council Wood Works Innovation Award
Canadian Wood Council Wood Works Engineer Award
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Award Finalist
Lieutenant Governor of BC Engineering Excellence Award
Vancouver Regional Construction Association Award

2017

Premier’s Innovation & Excellence Award
Canadian Wood Council Special Jury Award
Institution of Structural Engineers Innovation Award
NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Award
Construction Dive Five Favourite Projects of the Year
Fast Company Innovation by Design Finalist