UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC, VANCOUVER, BC
PUBLIC is designing the UBC Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) addition to the Brimacombe/AMPEL building. The new addition will accommodate the QMI research and materials engineering researchers from the Faculty of Applied Science (APSC). Locating the QMI group and APSC researchers adjacent to the Brimacombe Building will provide research synergies and access to specialized facilities and equipment for all researchers.
The collaboration between QMI's interdisciplinary faculty, students, and staff is maximized with a building that supports leading research on advanced materials. Labs are configured to support long term flexibility, efficient utilization of space and new research activities. QMI and its adjacent building are united with multi-floor social hubs to encourage interactions and exchanges of ideas between researchers.
Circulation, artifact displays, and collaboration zones are sandwiched between three lab blocks. Taking inspiration from QMI illustrations of crystal structure interfaces – "where things get interesting" according to our client – these social spaces skew and transform pragmatic rooms and corridors to take users momentarily out of routine. It's where discoveries might happen.