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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

UBC Dairy Research Centre Student Housing in British Columbia, Canada by LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

 
August 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

The objective for the UBC Dairy Research Centre housing project was to create a housing facility for faculty members, researchers and students where they could live, socialize and collaborate.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

As part of UBC’s Land and Food Systems faculty, the UBC Dairy Research Centre has international acclaim and attracts researchers from around the world. It is located in Agassiz BC.   Because of it’s distance from the Vancouver UBC campus, a facility was needed that unites participants under one roof.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

The design follows three main ideas:

  1. to create spaces that would allow tenants to socially and collaboratively engage with each other at different scales between the individual, smaller community clusters and the larger community of the campus. The building consists of 8 ‘quad’ double storey houses arranged around an X shape courtyard. Each quad offers both high quality social living spaces and private spaces to rest and study. The courtyard unites the community and offers a connected space for collaboration, events and social hangout.
Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

  1. to create a building that relates both to the existing campus and its rural settings, while providing a confident sense of distilled contemporary design that is inspiring to be forward thinking. The urban form that integrates all program parts is carefully shaped to create a campus like setting together with the existing UBC laboratory and classroom buildings. The building form and features inspire a sense of unity without being institutional.
Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

  1. to create clear simple detailing of the building envelope that provides a strong interplay between the subtlety differentiated building form and the ‘musical score’ of window placement. Despite the unity of the building, through the varied windows together with the subtle variations in orientation, colours, features and furnishings no quad and no bedroom is the same. Careful attention was given to modularize the varied windows and metal cladding panels into 3 sets of different width, providing both consistency and an animated presence. The cladding system was designed with vertical standing seams and no cap flashing to create a beautiful play of light and transformation of the buildings presence and scale, while relating to the roofs of the adjacent farm houses.
Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

The building was created through the extensive use of off-site prefabrication and engineered wood components. A highly insulated building envelope with triple glazed windows together with a ground source geothermal system provide for a low energy building with no onsite carbon emissions. The building was created with a budget of under $200/sf.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

Image Courtesy © LWPAC – Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc.

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