UBC Properties Trust
23,225 sm (249,990 sf)
LEED Canada Silver
The creation of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia was a significant renovation. It involved the original 1925 Main Library (the Heritage Core), the demolition of all subsequent additions, and 200,000 square-feet of new construction. The project was designed in association with Los Angeles architectural firm HHPA.
The result is a 21st century learning centre for the university and the wider provincial community. In addition to the traditional library collection, storage, and seating, the building includes a range of academic units, classrooms and lecture theatres, collaborative project rooms, learning and technology resources, and a community concourse. It features an innovative automatic storage and retrieval system, with a capacity of 1.4 million volumes. This also includes a climate-controlled vault for rare books and archives. Reading rooms, gallery space, flexible interior seating for over 1,500 study seats, classrooms, theatre and a Café keep it vibrant. The building design captures light and offers a tranquil and relaxing space to study.
View of the main entrance of UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from. Large sections of glazing now allow light into interior spaces; creating a tranquil space for learning.
View of the UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at night.
View of the UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from East Mall and Agricultural Road. Generous areas of glazing are used to capture as much light as possible.
View of the UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from East Mall and Memorial Road. Sections of glazing extend from the building.
View of the Ridington room from the spiral staircase.
View of the Ridington room. A silent study area for students, with a Mezzanine space.
View of the lobby of UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. A space for impromptu meetings and discussions between peers and staff.
"Iconic structures — I enjoy working on projects like that because we have a real client. Not just a client as a user, but the public. A building that's going to influence everyone as you walk past or through it."