So when UBC said to themselves "we need a new Earth Sciences Building", Perkins and Will went all out. With two different wings, one built with conventional construction materials (concrete, steel, etc...) and the other with glue laminated timber beams and cross laminated timber, joined by a six storey high lobby with a floating wood staircase, they did something that this firm had never heard of before. When they decided to clad a good portion of it in concealed fastener Swisspearl, they made us happy. When they won the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit Award in 2013 it only made sense. It's an incredible building, and one that all involved should be very proud of. For our little part, we are.
Speaking of awards...
International Academy for Health and Design Sustainable Design Award Winner 2014 St. Mary's Hospital as seen here:
Is another project utilizing Swisspearl to receive international attention and recognition for it's design. As discussed in a previous blog, which our vast readership will undoubtedly recognize, this project used our standard colours to reflect the qualities of the baskets woven by the areas First Nations people.
Congrats Perkins and Will!