Showcase wood pavilion built at UBC's Martha Piper Plaza Fountain (PHOTOS)

Jul 3 2019, 12:09 am

A newly-installed centrepiece for the heart of University of British Columbia’s campus is both functional and a sustainable architecture showcase piece.

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Led by associate professor Joseph Dahmen, graduate students at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture designed and constructed C-Shore – a sustainable timber pavilion that provides students, faculty, staffing, and the wider community with an area of respite and relaxation.

The covered wooden pavilion, complete with bench seating, is built into a green space on University Boulevard, wedged between Martha Piper Plaza Fountain and the cascading fountain and wetlands.

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

This structure is built out of western red cedar trees felled before the construction of developments at the edge of the campus, with logs diverted to a local sawmill and used to construct the pavilion.

According to the project description, the pavilion uses a system of horizontal timber shoring to create the structure and enclosure, which has porous interior spaces that are “enlivened by the dynamic interplay of shadow and light, creating a simultaneous sense of enclosure and openness.”

“Cooling breezes passthrough voids in the walls, permitting views to the exterior from certain angles and creating an agreeable microclimate without the use of mechanical systems.”

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Lou Corpuz-Bosshart)

There is a void inside the pavilion that provides a relaxed seating area for up to eight people.

The pavilion is intended to be a temporary structure for the area; after a two-year lifespan on the site, the installation will be dismantled and turned into garden planter boxes and play structures for local elementary schools.

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

C-Shore pavilion at UBC

C-Shore pavilion at UBC. (Joseph Dahmen)

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