VANCOUVER, B.C., May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This morning, curious Vancouverites passing by 1100 West Georgia Street can see a sneak-peek of the latest edition of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite series, as the exhibition begins to take shape. Organized by the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art and entitled Offsite: Shigeru Ban, the 17th installation in the Gallery’s Offsite series celebrates the architectural and humanitarian work of internationally-lauded architect Shigeru Ban.
And Vancouver will get to see more of Shigeru Ban’s work in the coming months. With a commitment to the arts and community, Vancouver developer PortLiving is not only a proud supporting sponsor of the exhibition (on view to the public from Friday May 11 to October 8, 2018), but is also partnering with Shigeru Ban on the design of one of Vancouver’s most unique new structures, Terrace House.
“Shigeru Ban is not only a globally recognized architect who understands architecture as an art form, but he is a champion of sustainable building practices and humanitarian causes,” said Macario (Tobi) Reyes, founder and CEO of PortLiving. “We feel that Shigeru’s creative and artistic approaches to architecture, as well as his personal and professional values align strongly with ours here at PortLiving. We are excited to be a sponsor of Shigeru’s exhibition in Vancouver, and to broaden and strengthen our professional relationship with him through collaborations on new development projects.”
In Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, PortLiving is partnering with Shigeru Ban on the development of the highly anticipated Terrace House, North America’s tallest hybrid timber structure. Terrace House is being designed to complement the neighbourhood and as a visually-striking extension of legendary Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson’s iconic Evergreen Building. Terraces and common spaces on the building will be designed by the Evergreen Building’s original landscape architect, the world-renowned and decorated Cornelia Oberlander, providing visual harmony between the two buildings.
Terrace House will also exemplify Ban’s sustainable building philosophy, featuring vertical and horizontal wood structural beams and columns set against a minimalistic palette. Douglas Fir timber will be used to construct these residences, harvested from sustainably managed forests in the Kootenays, approximately 700 kilometers from the project site. Terrace House represents the beginning of a long-term partnership between PortLiving and Shigeru Ban, with another project collaboration already in the planning stages in Seattle.
Whether through the appreciation of architecture as an art form or through meaningful contributions to local arts and cultural initiatives, artistic celebration and preservation are integral pillars of the PortLiving philosophy. PortLiving looks to integrate arts and culture into each of its projects by supporting local and international artists, commissioning murals and other works on exterior walls and facades of their buildings, and by exploring ways to retain and preserve historically and culturally significant walls or structures as part of new developments. PortLiving is dedicated to the continued growth of a strong creative culture that makes Vancouver desirable, and nurtures stronger, healthier communities.
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Under Shigeru Ban’s direction, the Offsite: Shigeru Ban exhibition will feature a version of his 15.8 square-meter Kobe Paper Log House, utilizing readily sourced materials. Leveraging his extensive knowledge of recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard, Ban designed the Kobe Paper Log House as a disaster relief shelter in response to the 1995 Japan earthquake. Ban’s Paper Log House provided shelter to thousands of displaced residents of Kobe, the city at the earthquake’s epicenter, and has since served as a prototype for disaster relief around the world. This exhibition will also feature a large photomural documenting Ban’s ongoing design work on global disaster relief projects, using his innovative, low cost and easily accessible structures.
Founded in 2003, as part of Port Capital Group, PortLiving focuses on developing innovative and well-located projects. Through property investments and exceptional developments, PortLiving is a focused, creative, responsible and award-winning real estate organization with unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality. PortLiving redefines urban living by creating working and living environments that are sustainable, practical, and serve to strengthen communities through innovative design and thoughtful intent. For more information and to view PortLiving’s portfolio visit portliving.com.
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