FIRST NATIONS HOUSE OF LEARNING

1985 West Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver

Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg 1993

The First Nations House of Learning on UBC Vancouver’s campus incorporates traditional cultural and natural symbols into a site design that features boardwalks, river cobbles, native plantings and water, symbolizing a mountain stream falling towards the sea. Located within the old University of British Columbia arboretum, the development emphasizes protection, preservation, and on-site relocation of existing mature trees. Built forms are carefully integrated with the existing landscape to blend the experience both physically and aesthetically.

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