The project details have not been fully released yet but briefings entail a hybrid building with the lower portion being conventionally constructed with concrete and steel. The upper 7 (or more) stories are designed in hybrid mass timber solutions. Mass timber was chosen to help reduce the eccentric mass at the top of the building during a seismic event. This allows the building to exhibit superior earthquake performance characteristics.
In Shigeru Ban's refined style, the project is expected to exemplify elegance of materials and purity of connections. This engineering feat sees a amazing combination of international architects & engineers meeting with local knowledge and abilities to produce a one off masterpiece. The project is expected to host Douglas Fir glulam as a key feature of West Coast style, strength and local sustainability.
We look forward to more developed press releases and final project details to form, fit and height.