Biosciences Teaching Courtyard

October 12, 2020

Sustainable initiatives informed our design to create a highly functional and aesthetic environment for the Biosciences Renewal Project, inspired by connections to nature and connections with the campus to reinforce the significant role of this facility at the University of British Columbia.

The building carries the classroom into the quad with the new Biosciences Courtyard, designed as an outdoor teaching platform that includes both Indigenous plants and plant collections from the Biology department.

Drawing from the design team’s exploration of natural geometric patterns with the bioscience user groups, the frit patterns on the glazing of the building are modelled on patterns found in nature, including dragonfly wings and giraffe spots.

Direction: Gwenael Lewis
DOP / Producer: TOPO films