Taylor Plaza at UBC Botanical Gardens
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Taylor Plaza is a donor funded learning space which recalls and celebrates the commitment to gardens and education shown by Roy Lewis Taylor who served as Director of the UBC Botanical Garden from 1968 to 1985. The plaza will provide a multi-functional covered gathering place for teaching and socializing to meet the needs of the UBC Botanical Garden, students, and the public. Features of the resulting elegant design include a chalkboard incorporated into the face of a landscape wall, and niches for displaying student work, interpretive material or art. In keeping with the Garden’s commitment to sustainable practices, permeable paving and a rain garden ensure storm water will be infiltrated on site. PWL provided pro bono design services and facilitated a student charette early in the process to engage students in the design of the plaza.