C. K. Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research
- 1855 West Mall
- Matsuzaki Wright Architects
- $6 million
- Sources of funds:
- Major donors from Canada and Asia including a generous donation from
C.K. Choi and family, with matching funds from the Government of B.C.
- Name History:
- Named after Cheung-Kok Choi, the major donor for this
- Architectural features:
- This building is constructed utilizing reused and recyclable materials
such as heavy timber, red brick cladding from demolished buildings and
wooden beams from the Armoury. Its pagoda
roof and brick facade align with the solar panel absorb sun's energy for
light and heat. Offices are designed in order to optimize natural light
to reduce usage of artifical lighting. In general,energy consumed is 50%
lower than city requirement due to its energy-efficient design, saving
$9,600 a year.
- It consists of 5 research centres focusing studies on China, Japan, Korea,
Southeast Asia, India and South Asia.
This Centre has won the 1996 Building
Operations and Managers Association's Earth Award; the Architectural
Institute of B.C.'s inaugural Innovation Award in 1998;
the Progressive Architecture Award for Green Architecture in 1995; and
was nominated for the 1996 Energy User News efficient building awards.
use of composting toilets conserve water, and it is the first
building to be seperate from the city sewer system.
- Fine Arts Pamphlet Files; Public Affairs; UBC Buildings (Campus Planning);
UBC Reports October 19, 2000
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