The UBCO Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) project fulfills critical student needs on the UBC Okanagan campus for technology-enhanced learning and research. Located on the edge of the central cluster of campus buildings; the TLC will be the gateway from the University Way entrance with spectacular north and eastern views of the valley. The TLC is directly affiliated with the Library and provides informal study space, quiet study, and academic facilities focused student and faculty digital support. Additionally, the building provides the largest teaching and learning theatre on campus, provides new space to better protect the Library Archives, including the school’s collection of Okanagan art and rare documents, and a new Graduate Student Commons.
The TLC’s design balances elegant simplicity with unique gestures befitting a Landmark building. The overall character of the TLC design is a bold but simple building that is characterized by a rational plan, strategic compact massing and distinguished by unique exterior gestures including: a two-tiered Great Hall made expansive by its connection to the exterior through views and made dynamic through a visual relationship to other programme; windows cut into the north and east façades revealing the Galleria and convenience stair landing; a cantilevered overhang facing north along University way; an angled window to creating a lifted dynamic gesture to the new plaza.The building cladding is made up of reflective metal panels tha reflect the colours of the ever-changing cloudscapes over the valley and evoke qualities of reflective surfaces of the lakes with areas of solid masonry at the base of the building.