Canada Earth Tower
The World’s Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Tower
As conceptualized, the Canada Earth Tower will be the world's tallest hybrid mass timber building.
Currently designed to stand at 37 storeys tall, the building will primarily consist of housing (including non-market) with several lower levels of office and retail. The primary mass timber structure will use Dowel-Laminated Timber (DLT), Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), and Glulam.
As an early showpiece for this project, an outreach centre was built with accessibility to the public. (See finished images below.)
We are also currently designing a full-scale mock-up of the feature units and balconies - keep reading for more.
StructureCraft is excited to be providing the structural engineering and construction of the timber structure.
More updates to come. Stay tuned.
Our team engineered and built a mockup for the Canada Earth Tower, in order to explore creating practical prefab connection details for envelope and balcony systems in tall wood buildings.
The mock-up will also assist in researching durability of timber balconies and solutions to improve the acceptance of timber as a dominant structural system. A prefabricated CLT envelope system is attached with thermally isolated joints to the two storey mockup structure behind. The mass timber trapezoidal balcony decks use DLT+CLT in a steel frame supported by turned timber columns.
In addition, we tested two different waterproofing systems on the balcony and have monitored the moisture content in the timber panels over a period of 6 months.
Thanks to our proactive team, including Derek, Cedric and Rennie who attached the last cover plates on site in Richmond!