The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is built around the refurbished core of the historic Main Library at UBC. The original structure was built in 1925, and has been incorporated into the design for the new interdisciplinary learning centre named for Irving K. Barber who was a graduate of UBC and a philanthropist.
UBC, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
The new sections are very contemporary expanses of glass, the shape of which echoes the windows of the original building; it is truly an amazing blend of old and new, and we were very happy to be involved in the restoration of the leaded windows. Many of the original windows were in extremely poor condition and new ones had to be made to match, others were able to be re-leaded using the majority of the original glass and just replacing a few panes with new.