The first in a series of innovative transit station designs to incorporate wood, Brentwood Town Centre Station is an iconic structure on Metro Vancouver’s Millennium Line, with its double-curved futuristic form levitating above Lougheed Highway. Its sleek, canoe-like design foreshadowed the thoroughly modern, state-of-the-art town centre currently under construction in Burnaby, the city immediately to the east of Vancouver.
The structure’s hybrid-timber design is the result of digital technology applied to tried-and-true traditional materials. The two curved nail-laminated timber canopies, supported by glue-laminated timber ribs, are connected via a structural gutter to steel cross-bracing and V-shaped steel struts to form the primary structure to which the glazing is fastened. More station designs followed this precedent setting project, incorporating mass timber or other wood products in various architecturally expressive shapes and forms.