University of British Columbia
UBC, Vancouver, BC
As part of our firm’s work on several architectural components within the University of British Columbia, we were asked to design a series of transit shelters along the main campus boulevard. Working with UBC and TransLink, the goal was to provide new amenities for the public realm in a responsive and reflective natural setting. We met with the Campus Architect and Landscape Architect to establish a set of Urban Design Objectives for the design of the Trolley Loop Shelters. To allow for future development of adjacent sites, the shelters are located within the street right-of-way and form an integral part of the street’s morphology. The elements of the shelter relate to the rhythm and texture of boulevard trees, paving and trolley poles.
We have paid careful attention to the material’s longevity and purpose in the context of UBC campus. To reinforce the street pattern, the shelters act as a conceptual extension of the Katsura boulevard trees with the underside of the structure aligning with the underside of the mature tree canopy. The wood cell-like structure resembles tree branches with dappled light and shadow playing on the structure and sidewalk. The top of the shelter is angled to prevent birds from nesting and the concrete bench ensures durability of the most exposed portions. The shelter functions as street furniture and provides a minimal barrier to movement along the boulevard. Vertical wind screens are not provided to allow for safe and easy movement around the shelter, particularly at night. Wide benches allow people to sit on both sides facing the sun or street.