University of British Columbia Music Hall

ubc music hall watercolor

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver campus is a great place to see modernist architecture. Most of the grounds were built after the second world war at the top of modernism’s popularity. The result are buildings like the music hall in today’s sketch.

Activities near the UBC Music Hall

The UBC Music Hall is on the way to several sights on the Vancouver grounds. Important sights close to the Music Hall are:

  • Nitobe Memorial Garden
    • Peaceful Japanese garden on the north western corner of campus.
  • Museum of Anthropology
    • The main home for artifacts from British Columbia. Also houses a range of artifacts from around the world.
  • Koerner’s Pub
    • The favorite social spot for masters students and those who can drink.
  • UBC Rose Garden
    • A beautiful garden with great views of Burrard Inlet and the Cascade Mountains.

History of UBC Grounds

UBC was established in 1908. The providence of British Columbia did not want to fund the campus. Student protests in the early 1920s forced the providence to fund construction. When classes started at the main Point Grey campus in 1925, they were held in temporary buildings.

The library and Iona Hall were finished in the 1920s. Funding again dried up for the campus in the 1930s due to the Great Depression though. The campus remained incomplete and was used for army housing in World War Two.

After World War 2 students began filling UBC’s classes. The providence also provided proper funding for the campus. This wave of construction in the 1950s and 1960s used Modernist styles.

Style of the UBC Music Hall

The UBC Music Hall uses a brutalist design. Brutalist buildings are primarily built with concrete. The name brutalism comes from the French word for raw concrete, beton brut.

This heavy use of concrete results in blocky buildings. The concrete forms also create geometric forms in the building. This geometry and the simplicity of concrete made it a favorite of modern architects.

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