World record timber tower to go up in Canada

Hybrid mass timber and concrete core structure

Southeast view of Brock Commons, University of British Columbia

The world’s tallest mass timber building will soon begin construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus. Standing at 18-storeys high or 53 metres, the student residence building will topple current record holder, Treet, a 50m 14-storey residential apartment in Norway.

When completed in 2017 Brock Commons will provide housing for 404 students with a mix of studios and 4-bedroom units.

The $51.5 million project is designed by Acton Ostry Architects with tall wood advisor Hermann Kaufmann. It is a hybrid of two-way CLT floor slabs, gypsum board, glulam columns, steel connectors, and concrete cores.


Images: Acton Ostry Architects

Source: Acton Ostry Architects/ Edited by Panels & Furniture Asia