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Arthur Erickson has created many poignant buildings in Canada, but none capture the Canadian identity as powerfully as the UBC Museum of Anthropology, which sits proudly as an icon of the West Coast spirit, even more so the spirit of Canadian architecture.
Per Canadian Architect
Originally open in 1976, the Museum of Anthropology has been recognized by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for its enduring excellence and national significance to Canadian architecture as one of the best works of the 20th century.
The focal point of the Museum is the high ceiling Great Hall housing massive totem poles. Large glass windows, towering up to forty feet in height, provide an unobstructed view and enable the totem poles to be seen in daylight against a natural exterior setting.
The planned intervention of additions and rehabilitation upgrades of the original Museum building must be approached in light of its cultural and recognized architectural significance and an understanding of its conception. The building is a sublime testament to Arthur Erickson’s design philosophy which is founded on a deep understanding of the “function and meaning of architecture as an art of environmental context and of cultural expression, as something having more than sheer mechanistic utility, as something expressive of the human condition and the human spirit.
Per architect Nick Milkovich Architect
The project will upgrade the resiliency of the Museum and protect its irreplaceable collection in the event of a major earthquake. When the project is complete the Great Hall will look as its famed Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson, intended in his original plans in the mid-1970s, though now it will incorporate groundbreaking 21st-century technology.
Describing the Seismic Upgrade – Source – Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Our work on this project centers around the re-imagined support of those huge glass panels.
The photos shown here are of the Museum of Anthropology prior to the seismic upgrade that we are currently working on.
Some of the Architectural Awards that the Original MOA has won include:
Nick Milkovich Architects; Original Architect - Arthur Erickson
Glastech Glazing Contractors Ltd
Structural Glass Wall Systems
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