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Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes | Hughes Condon Marler Architects

Vancouver’s University of British Columbia campus occupies a strip of land surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Georgia Strait. On the landward side, the university is shielded from the city by a large natural reserve, an open tract that slips between the campus buildings, creating public spaces and an intermeshed pattern of woodland, sea and park, a natural setting linking the academic world with the nearby city.
The new Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is located on the east side of one of the axes linking sea and natural reserve. Both thoroughfare and informal socialization area, this open space informs the new building, its materials, and the solids and voids of surfaces and volumes.
The natural woodland is the programme’s overriding reference. This is evident in the way the building stands off the ground, in the light shafts that take natural...

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