Wooden Skyscraper Coming to Vancouver – 18 storeys, all wood

Image sourced from UBC Public Affairs, from Acton Ostry Architects

Image sourced from UBC Public Affairs, from Acton Ostry Architects

One of the tallest wooden towers in the world is coming to Vancouver.

Plans have just been approved for an 18-storey student residential tower made almost entirely of wood to rise on the University of British Columbia campus.

At 53 metres (174 feet), the Tall Wood Student Residence would dwarf North America’s current tallest wooden building, a six-storey structure in Prince George, as well as the world’s tallest wooden building, a 10-storey tower in Melbourne, Australia. Upon completion in 2017, it will likely rank among the world’s tallest residential wood structures (though not quite as tall as a 35-storey mixed-use tower currently underway in Paris).

The $51.5-million project will ultimately house 404 upper-level university students in 272 studio units and 33 four-bedroom units. It will also have a ground-floor lounge and a special “Collegium” space for first-year and commuting students to gather.

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Wooden Skyscraper Coming to Vancouver – 18 storeys, all wood