‘No limitations’ were the words Delta Land Development used when they asked Perkins and Will to design a project that would ‘revolutionize the development industry’. With those words, Canada’s Earth Tower was born, designed to advance a comprehensive set of environmental goals in an unprecedented way. The project is a 340,000 square foot mixed-use development that will become the world’s tallest hybrid wood tower at 35-40 storeys tall. Beyond timber alone, this visionary project will advance a comprehensive set of environmental goals in an unprecedented way. In collaboration with Delta Group, a private developer, the project will demonstrate that leading a shift toward dramatically higher environmental standards is feasible.
The project is planned for a 1.3- acre (0.5-hectare) property along Eighth Avenue near Vancouver’s Burrard Slopes neighborhood. At the present moment, the site is occupied by an ordinary, four-storey building built in the late 1970s. Encompassing 31,587 square meters, the tower will comprise approximately 200 apartments, in addition to shops, restaurants and office space. The tower is not the only hybrid timber tower in Vancouver. Construction is currently underway on Terrace House by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, which claims to be the tallest hybrid structure in the world, topping out 71 meters at its upper tip.
The mixed-use development, which is aiming to become the world’s tallest hybrid wood tower, dramatically reduces the project’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through carbon sequestration. Beyond timber, the project will be a zero-emissions building; it will not consume fossil fuels, such as natural gas, in operation. Equally important, the project will support community and dramatically improve livability in tall, urban residential buildings. By creating meaningful connections to the natural environment, it will restore local biodiversity and provide public areas that are vibrant and accessible.