Photos courtesy Nordic Structures

Mass Timber Makes for Massive Multifamily Complex in the Heart of Montreal

Central to Montreal’s up and coming Griffintown neighborhood, Arbora is set to be the largest complex of its kind in the world built from mass timber.

Project Details

  • Architect

    lemay+CHA, Provencher_Roy

  • Size

    597,560 ft2 (55,515 m2)

  • Engineered Wood Fabricator
    Nordic Structures

Located in Griffintown—a buzzing, creative area with a mix of converted warehouses and condo developments in southwestern downtown Montreal—Arbora will be the largest complex in the world built from mass timber. Built in three phases, when finished the 597,560 square-foot-project will include 273 condominiums, 30 townhouses and 130 rental units for a total of 434 residential units. The complex includes retail space on the ground floor of one of the three buildings. The project will offer sought-after flexible living choices in this former working-class Irish enclave, now home not only to dozens of condo projects but also art galleries, boutiques, brew pubs and restaurants.

Wood Use

With its three 8-storey buildings, Abora’s mass timber design is unprecedented in its size and will feature an exposed wooden post-and-beam design. Cross-laminated timber wills serve as a primary structural material for the project. Generous, open floor plans and 9-foot ceilings will complement the timber’s warm aesthetic. Wood-frame and mass timber construction offers sustainability, value and cost-savings for this large-scale multifamily condo and rental complex featuring studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. Timber components were shipped to the site from a plant in Chibougamau, Quebec in the form of prefabricated wood cut to the required dimensions, with openings for doors and windows, using computerized numerical control precision machinery.

Environmental Impact

This development will distinguish itself on the environmental front by aiming to include 40 percent of its area dedicated to green space and by striving to achieve a LEED Platinum certificate. Interiors will offer ample windows providing an abundance of natural light. Its central location offers exceptional walkability and will also include electric car charging stations, car-sharing services, bike storage, fitness room and an on-site green space.