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Beaty Biodiversity Centre

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Patkau Architects
location Vancouver
function laboratorium, museum
contributed by Manon_Garritsen

The centre comprises a natural history museum, a natural history collection, research laboratories and offices. It is organized around three sides of the courtyard space, with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum occupying the west side along Main Mall. The principal exhibition space of the museum is a glass "lantern" within which an enormous skeleton of a Blue Whale is displayed, creating a public face for the complex towards the Mall. The extensive natural history collections, located beneath the central courtyard, are accessible directly from this exhibition space. Research laboratories and offices occupy the south and east sides. The laboratories are organized in regular bays along the east outer edge of the project, while the offices and meeting spaces are organized more casually around the courtyard to foster a sense of academic community. An open stair, located on the courtyard edge of the office and meeting spaces, threads through the project to interconnect informal social spaces.

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Beaty Biodiversity Centre
Main Mall 2212
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Every third Thursday, the museum is open with admission by donation from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and Statutory Holidays.
How to get there? take any bus headed for UBC: (4, 14, 43, 44, 84, 99, and 480) short walk from the bus loops.
Completion 4- 2009
Floor area/size 11600 m2
ArchitectPatkau Architects
Client Biodiversity Research Centre
Project ID 20931
Latitude/Longitude 49°15'48N 123°15'04W
Contributed by Manon_Garritsen
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