Located on the site of the first apple orchard plantation at UBC, Orchard Commons will be the new home for Vantage College and 1,100 new student residences, as well as
UBC’s Food Services largest dining hall, commissary and prep kitchen. The landscape strategy for the site integrates several outdoor programming closely related to the interior spaces around the commons, including outdoor daycare play areas, water features and stormwater detention and recirculation, outdoor study areas, event programming and circulation routes through the site. The signature feature of the site, is the Vantage College deck that overlooks the central commons and connects directly to lounge areas at the base of the north tower. The elevated deck allows for a direct passage through the Orchard Commons site from West Mall to Education Lane, but can be a venue for large events and everyday social space. Hapa proposes a heritage apple orchard planting using trees hybridized and grown by the UBC Botanical Gardens, that can then be harvested by the kitchen staff for use in food preparation.
Role
Landscape Architect
With
Perkins + Will
Client
UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services
UBC Properties Trust
Completion
2016
Photography
Michael Elkan Photography

 

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