UBC Bookstore Renovation + Expansion

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Type Gather, Learn, Shop, Wood
Size 45,200 SF
Awards AIBC Lieutenant Governor’s Award
IES Illumination Award of Merit

omb completed the expansion and renovation of the existing bookstore on the UBC Campus with the University of British Columbia. The project includes an expansion and reconfiguration of the existing retail space, a new café, a convenience store and re-branding of the bookstore. Our scope has recently grown to include the master planning and subsequent phases. Situated in a prominent location at the centre of the Campus, the UBC Bookstore suffered from a lack of a clear and visible entry. The new design improves the presence of the bookstore and reinvigorates the public realm around the building. In addition, a new mezzanine provides much needed gathering and independent study space and animates the building from the exterior. The mezzanine’s text-based fritted glass acts as a public engagement piece, while at the same time creating privacy.

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