saucier + perrotte architectes: UBC faculty of pharmaceutical sciences
nov 13, 2012
saucier + perrotte architectes: UBC faculty of pharmaceutical sciences


‘UBC faculty of pharmaceutical sciences / CDRD’ by saucier + perrotte architectes and hughes condon marler architects, vancouver, canada
image © marc cramer
all images courtesy of saucier + perrotte architectes and hughes condon marler architects

 

 

located at the heart of the university of british columbia’s premises on a 20 meter by 240 meter site as one of the most important entrances to the campus,
the ‘UBC faculty of pharmaceutical sciences and center for drug research and development’ designed by montreal-based saucier + perrotte architectes
together with vancouver-based and hughes condon marler architects (HCMA) aims to provide an architectural representation of the state of the art educational program.
initially rooted in the abstracted idea of a tree with foliage floating above ground supported by a trunk, so does the structure site off street level as an inviting
feature for attracting the public. the trunks manifest themselves architectonically as light filled atria that service all ranges of programs. a public first level
exhibition space is a place where visitors, students and faculty members can coincide and exchange ideas, with another gallery upstairs dedicated to the
field and history of medicine.

 

resting on a timber-imprinted concrete foundation, a branching steel frame structure creates light airy spaces wrapped in glazing as a group of
glass cubes that protrude and recede from the facade. the interior is given a warm feel with white walls and wood planks in a dynamic angular interior
that fosters a sense of creativity.

 

 


approach to site, entrance on ground level soft story
image © marc cramer

 

 


protruding and receding glass cubes hold different functions
image © marc cramer

 

 


interior meshes reflective black tiles, textured concrete and wood planks
image © marc cramer

 

 


stairs up to the exhibition space
image © marc cramer

 

 


angular interior spaces
image © marc cramer

 

 


large atria offer natural light to all laboratories, offices, and classrooms
image © marc cramer

 

 


office interior
image © marc cramer

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


section

 

 


formal evolution: primary, secondary and tertiary components

 

 


section sketch

 

 


conceptual sketch

 

 

project info:

 

 

official name of project: ubc faculty of pharmaceutical sciences / cdrd
location and site: university of british columbia, vancouver, british columbia
building area: 27,311m2 (275,868 ft2)
approx site area: 7,580m2 (81,590 ft2)
budget: $92 000 000 cad
date completed: september 2012

client name: university of british columbia (ubc) properties trust
architect: saucier + perrotte architectes / hughes condon marler architects
architectural concept and design: gilles saucier (s+p),
managing principals: andré perrotte (s+p), roger hughes (hcma),
project architect: bill uhrich (hcma) / craig lane (hcma)
design coordinator: david moreaux (s+p),
design and construction team in alphabetical order: patrice begin (s+p), darryl condon (hcma), charles-alexandre dubois (s+p), dominique dumais (s+p),
nicko elliott (s+p), paul fast (hcma), melissa higgs (hcma), olivier krieger (s+p), rachel lacey (hcma), joel legault (s+p), charles leman (hcma),
kourosh mahvash (hcma), yutaro minagawa (s+p), greg neudorf (s+p), carl-jan rupp (hcma), marc-andré tratch (s+p), craig west (hcma), eli wolpin (hcma),
nicolas worth (hcma),
structural: glotman simpson
mechanical: stantec
electrical: applied engineering solutions (aes)
landscape: perry + associates
construction manager: ledcor
architectural concrete: ucc group
image / photographic credits: marc cramer

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