studioHub Architects was tasked with reviving the 14,500 SF expressive ceiling that is the stand-out feature of the building, shaping the upper floor library space that houses UBC’s main collection pertaining to Asian Studies. Additionally, studioHub Architects has designed the library floor that reflects the evolving pedagogy in library spaces, with a shift towards more collaborative and engaging learning environments.
The UBC Asian Centre, originally designed as the Sanyo pavilion for the Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan, the building was gifted by the Japanese Government. Housing the Asian Library, the centre is an important cultural hub on campus. In addition to the library, studioHub Architects is also renovating of the main auditorium within the Asian Centre. The design is to provide an auditorium that caters towards the contemporary needs of a versatile presentation space, incorporating high quality AV systems, handicap accessibility, and a comfortable and engaging user experience.
Working under a very tight budget and timeline, studioHub has brought the project to the tender phase. The project is ongoing with completion schedule for Spring 2019.