British Columbia, Canada By: Paul Pehrson
The Pharmaceutical Sciences building at the University of British Columbia designed by Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA has won an Architizer A+ Award for higher education and research facilities. “Seeming to erupt from the ground in an exuberant display of machined organicism, the UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences building is heavily indebted to nature for its initial design intent. ‘The concept stems from the idea of trees whose branch system forms a canopy floating above the found… as this organic network is abstracted, it is given tectonic manifestation, and the architecture takes on a more geometric form’.” The facade is an array of glass cubes protruding at various distances, creating a dynamic and textured exterior. The structure achieved LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and serves as a model of green development for the university.