• Vancouver, BC
  • University of British Columbia / TransLink
  • 27,592 sq m
  • 297,000 sq ft
  • Targeting LEED® Gold certification
  • AME Consulting Group
  • AES Engineering
  • BKL Consultants
  • Bunt & Associates
  • Core Group Consultants
  • Geopacific Consultants
  • Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers
  • Heatherbrea Builders
  • Murray & Associates
  • Opus International Consultants Limited
  • PFS Studio
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
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This unique transit-oriented project is the product of a long-term development collaboration between DIALOG, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and TransLink. UBC wanted to build more student beds and TransLink had a mandate to deliver a new bus exchange, but both were running into space constraints on campus. The team came up with an innovative solution to the problem: build up, rather than out. The result was a new 650-bed student residence built on a two-storey podium over much of the second-busiest TransLink bus exchange in the Lower Mainland, thereby maximizing the density and land use on this part of campus. DIALOG also provided LEED® consulting services on this project.

This is a stunning facility, and an architectural and engineering marvel… It is a true home for our beloved students.
Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
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The design story 01

The street wall concept, expressed

Street walls are something of a novelty in North America – and even more so on the UBC Campus.

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The design story 02

An active and engaging streetscape

Exchange Residence’s location, along with the street-level collegia, means it will be a busy place.

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The design story 03

Incorporating an all-new bus loop

DIALOG worked with TransLink and UBC to create a facility in a tight space that met everyone’s needs

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The design story 04

Mocking up the nano suite on campus

The design team mocked-up the nano in the student union building, so people could check it out.

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The design story 05

A small space, a simple floor plan

The nano suite floor plan gives students all they need, and nothing they don’t – in 144 sq ft.

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The design story 06

A real-world mock-up for students

Students were able to explore and comment on the nano concept before Exchange Residence was built.

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The design story 07

Bathroom space in the nano suite

The mock-up bathrooms are virtually identical to the finished product – with a translucent wall.

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The design story 08

This plan shows the ease of indoor / outdoor flow, and how there are additional social space opportunities on the podium, including space for picnics, studying, bocce, etc.

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The design story 09

A raised deck within the planted grove allows for quieter spaces to study and socialize.

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The design story 10

Grand staircases are open and invite in students from the broader campus.

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The design story 11

The entries to the podium help to activate the surrounding public realm.

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The design story 12

The overall landscape concept was to float a large, social open space above the transit hub to create a new raised plaza typology.

UBC Room and Residence Tour 2019

Yvonne Ko shares her new living space with YouTube!