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

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Liu Centre, UBC

Architectura in collaboration with Arthur Erickson

Vancouver, British Columbia


About the building:

The Liu Centre has two distinct elements: an office, research and administration wing for 72 participants; and a meeting wing including a case room, multi-purpose room and two seminar rooms. A rare Katsura tree stands in the entry courtyard to the north, while the south courtyard opens to a Zen garden and the forest backdrop beyond. The Liu Centre has been committed to a rigorous ‘green’ agenda: it was constructed within the footprint of its predecessor and makes extensive use of materials from that carefully deconstructed building; and it is sited with sensitivity to the quality of indoor light and its natural forest setting.


...light images taken in June, the dark ones, November

Concrete privacy screen at entry courtyard.
Front view of entry from street.

Oblique front view with privacy hedge..
Entrance courtyard.

Interior courtyard at back looking towards forest.
Interior courtyard at back.
Side elevation of building.
Overall view of back of building from forest.
Detail of window with operable vent unit at base.
Detail of glazing facade showing smaller operable units.
Detail of materials at side elevation.
Detail of corner window at base of building.
View along side building towards rear courtyard.
Interior views of building.
View from front entrance vestible through to courtyard at rear.
View of ceiling showing exposed concrete and system for suspending lighting and electrical fixtures.
Detail of wood and steel structure for rotunda room roof.
Interior details of rotunda meeting room. Blinds can be lowered to darken the clerestory at the upper rim of the room.

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last updated May 8, 2012