Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

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Walter C. Koerner Library UBC

Architectura in collaboration with Arthur Erickson

Vancouver, British Columbia


About the building:

This is the main library building at UBC. I was intrigued by the way that its major faces were all developed quite differently, theoretically to suit their orientations. However, the face illustrated above faces east, and there was no real shading provided against the morning sun. The glazed "fins" would shade as the sun proceeded in a southerly direction only. The rear facade that faces west has diamond shaped punched windows. These work well in cutting out excessive heat and glare from the afternoon sun. The main stairwell is top glazed and uses a number of interesting structural features and forms. It was excessively hot as I reached the top floor on the day of my June visit. The windows on the building are all fixed; ie. no natural ventilation. Natural ventilation in the stair space would have helped to make it more comfortable.

Front/east side of building.
South/east side of building.

Materials detail of south/east corner..

View up centre front stair from exterior.
South west corner of building.
Detail of rear/west facade. Lounge in glazed space at top.
View of back/west side of building. Reading cubicles sit behind diamond shaped windows. see below.
Corner detail of north/west corner of building.
Base detail of front of building.
View inside lobby looking up space between front of building and stair.
Looking east out and down stair from top floor.
East view out of stairwell from top floor.
Looking west through lounge space at top floor. This space is not naturally ventilated and it was extremely HOT on the June day of my visit.
View looking up main stairwell at steel HSS structural trees.
Reading cubicles at front/east side of building.
Reading cubicles at rear/west side of building.
Reading cubicles at rear/west side of building.

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last updated May 8, 2012