Opening July 20, 2017
Building Beyond Buildings by Bing Thom Architects
“Architecture must speak without words, utilizing the materiality of architecture to stimulate and enrich the senses of smell, sight, sound and touch. In the end, the work of art must speak to the deepest levels of one’s psyche – to grow and develop roots so that one yearns to return and be refilled.”
– Bing Thom
Building Beyond Buildings by Bing Thom Architects will be on display at the Architecture Centre Gallery, opening on July 20, 2017. The exhibit pays tribute to the firm’s legendary founder, Bing Thom Architect AIBC, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. In the words of long-time Bing Thom Architects Design Principal, Venelin Kokalov, “This exhibit is a celebration of Bing Thom, the firm, and the journey we have shared with him. It is an expression of gratitude for the values Bing instilled in the practice and for these same values that will carry the firm forward.”
The exhibit titled ‘Building Beyond Buildings’ is an expression Bing used to describe architecture’s potential to transcend simple bricks and mortar and to shine a light out to the community, enriching the lives of those it touches. The exhibit leads visitors through Bing Thom Architects’ design process. Woven through the exhibition are the two lines of exploration – cultural sustainability and material assembly – that ultimately inform Bing Thom Architects’ work.
The graduating students of UBC SALA will present projects from the comprehensive design studio. Works will focus on a single project for the duration of term to synthesize relationships between spatial ideas, program, material, and technical systems.