Burrard Exchange office floor. Credit: Plomp.

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Burrard Exchange Featured in Skyscraper Museum Timber Exhibit

A diorama of the KPF-designed tower is on view at the museum as part of the “Tall Timber: The Future of Cities in Wood” exhibit, highlighting mass timber construction.

The Skyscraper Museum presents “Tall Timber” to showcase designs that utilize mass timber, the only major building material that sequesters CO2. While timber buildings have often been limited to low-rise structures, material innovations have enabled high-rise construction. The exhibit showcases a variety of typologies that span 30 to 80 stories, including KPF’s Burrard Exchange. The project will be one of the tallest exposed hybrid mass timber office buildings in North America at 260 feet tall. The design celebrates the material, revealing the timber on the office ceilings, on the terraces, and through an at-grade pavilion in the Bentall Centre plaza.

“Tall Timber” includes a short history of timber, visualized through architectural models, material samples, videos, and drawings as well as innovations offering new systems for design and construction. The exhibit evolved from the 2023 event REFRAMED, co-curated by the Chicago Architecture Center and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and presented at the CAC.

The exhibition opened on February 21, 2024 at the museum’s lower Manhattan gallery at 39 Battery Place. Learn more here and read reviews of the exhibition in Architectural Record, The Architect’s Newspaper, and World-Architects.