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Shigeru Ban Architects designed the distinctive triangular profile of the Terrace House—which will be the world’s tallest hybrid timber building upon completion in 2019— to keep nearby Coal Harbour Park free of its shadow.

STRAIGHT TO THE TOP Written by RACHEL GALLAHER

THEY SAY IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY, but how can architects

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salute their predecessors without infringing on their designs? Japanese firm Shigeru Ban Architects gracefully undertakes that challenge with the Terrace House in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. The 19-story residential tower, developed by PortLiving and slated for completion in late 2019, is the newest neighbor to the 1980 Arthur Erickson–designed Evergreen Building. Rather than ignore that landmark structure (known for its bold sawtooth silhouette and landscape design by Cornelia Oberlander, who will also handle Terrace House’s grounds), Shigeru Ban drew inspiration from it, mirroring its use of concrete and natural materials and its triangular motifs while introducing modern elements. “The upper levels of Terrace House are a visible mass-timber element in counterpoint to its concrete base,” says Shigeru Ban architect Benjamin Albertson. “It’s a prominent and visible gesture to Vancouver’s commitment to forward-thinking sustainable design.” ❈

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