North Vancouver City Hall

Type of Building
Civic & Institutional
Location
North Vancouver
Size
3,530 sq. m.
Architect
Michael Green, FRAIC, formerly of McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design, now of MGA | Michael Green Architecture
Completion
2011
Structural Engineer
Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Project Owner
City of North Vancouver
Materials
Glue-laminated timber (glulam), Laminated strand lumber (LSL), Siding

Project Overview

This adaptive rejuvenation of the 1970s municipal hall and library makes inventive use of laminated strand lumber, a highly sustainable, locally sourced material made of fast-growing aspen or poplar. 

Wood Use

The large-scale panelized mass-timber structure forms a civic gathering space centered on a light-filled, sixty-seven-metre-long atrium, which provides public service counters for the various municipal departments. The renovation also included a conversion of the existing library into staff offices and meeting space. 

The long panels are fabricated into box beams, within which electrical and other services are hidden from view. The material is often concealed by drywall, but here is left exposed and given a clear finish. At sundown, the atrium’s rectilinear volume glows warmly, showcasing its wood structure as it floats out over the facility’s main entrance while symbolizing a commitment to civic engagement.