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Earth Sciences Building / University of British Columbia

Earth Sciences Building / University of British Columbia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Earth Sciences Building is located on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. It is the new home for three of UBC’s Science departments—Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Statistics, and the Pacific Institute of the Mathematical Sciences.


In addition to enhancing the growing links between each department by providing valuable opportunities for shared learning and collaboration, the ESB expands the Faculty of Science’s public face and helps to create a vibrant and animated centre for the Faculty on campus.

The wood structure provides a welcoming environment, and as an added environmental benefit, the 1,317 cubic meters of wood in the structure store 1,094 tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of taking 415 cars off the road for a year. To provide rain cover for pedestrians, a solid wood canopy wraps three sides of the project. It extends from inside the building, where it forms the interior ceiling finish of the museum and cafe, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior space...

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Growth Spurt - The Architect's Newspaper

Growth Spurt - The Architect's Newspaper | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture is taking an active interest in life sciences that goes well beyond biomimicry. 

The research among academics and practitioners into biology-driven design is farther along than one would expect. And the issues raised are challenging and range far—from radically rethinking the time frame it requires to grow structure to acknowledging that architects and scientists do not even use the same language and may need to invent a new one to communicate.

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Green-Roofed Linnaeusborg Centre for Life Sciences

Green-Roofed Linnaeusborg Centre for Life Sciences | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Linnaeusborg at the University of Groningen is a green building - literally. Not only is it colored green, but it has a green roof and features energy-efficient, smart, future-proof design. This zig-zagging horizontal tower is the new building for the Centre for Life Sciences of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University, which is located in the northern Netherlands.

Designed by Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau, the life sciences building holds space for laboratories, greenhouses, animal housing, offices, and classrooms all dedicated to biology, zoology, botany, microbiology, and biotechnology. Built around the principles of interaction, dynamism, and flexibility, Linnaeusborg is a high-tech facility with a decidedly green twist.

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