Perkins + Will have revealed a new design for the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in Vancouver. Called Canada Earth Tower, the mass timber project is designed along the city’s Central Broadway corridor. Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Development, unveiled the company’s proposal to transform a 1.3-acre lot at 1745 West 8th Avenue with a project that could rise up to 40 floors. Canada Earth Tower aims to become a new precedent and benchmark for green building construction. Langereis began a collaboration with Peter Busby at Perkins + Will five years ago on a design that calls for a skyscraper with around 200 homes, including market housing units plus at least 20% of the residential space set aside for non-market housing, such as rental or co-op housing. Every three-story section of the tower’s south face will contain an outdoor garden accessible to residents of the section. Down below, the podium of the complex would entail premium office space and retail, such as a grocery store. Retail and restaurants will line an expansive courtyard that opens up to West 8th Avenue.
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