The PAUSE Pavilion, a place to reflect, gather and interact.

Adera and Structurlam Sponsor Outdoor Installation for the TED2017 Conference

The latest innovations in Mass Timber technology help us deliver more sustainable homes and communities to our customers. As the first certified platinum builder under UBC’s own green building code, the Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP), Adera has continuously raised the bar through its projects in the UBC area and throughout Greater Vancouver.

We take sustainability to heart, building homes that consume less water, energy and resources to build and operate. Virtuoso, our latest 6-storey development in Wesbrook Village, is built with sustainability in mind from the ground up. It is the first multi-family residential project in Canada to be made with Cross-Laminated Timber, a renewable building resource that our team strategically selected in partnership with Structurlam for its many added benefits.

TED2017 brought an incredible number of thought leaders to Vancouver to envision the future. It was a perfect opportunity to showcase this revolutionary building material with DBR for the PAUSE installation.

PAUSE was a pavilion designed as a temporary installation for the TED2017 conference. The unique design was the result of an international competition organized by DBR, challenging designers to create an outdoor space to reflect, gather, and interact.

PAUSE began as an international design competition to create a pavilion that questions the concept of personal space and interaction. After receiving over 60 submissions represented by 21 different countries, our jury selected Alsu Sadrieva’s submission as the overall winner. A student of the TIArch Studio at the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering in Russia, Sadrieva was in Vancouver for the final construction stages of the pavilion and attended the TED2017 conference as a part of her prize.

The PAUSE pavilion was pre-fabricated using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels donated by Structurlam. The roof panels of the structure were assembled from dimensional lumber donated by Interfor and weatherproofed with shrink wrap. The approximately 150 stools that hang from the walls of the structure were cut from Birch plywood with CNC technology and cushioned with either preserved moss, or donated wool felt from Filzfelt.

After the TED2017 conference, the pavilion will continue to serve as a gathering place through event installations throughout the Vancouver area, with hopes of a permanent site to engage the local community in continued conversation.

For more information, visit DBR’s project page at

Photography by Ema Peter