UVic University Centre
University of Victoria, BC • 1978
This is a two-storey reinforced concrete building, with a bush-hammered finish. The main office wing is surrounded, on both levels, by a colonnade of concrete pillars. Its roofline features prominent mechanical penthouses, finished in copper. Planned as the focal point of campus activity, University Centre houses Student Records and Admissions, a Board and Senate Chamber, a large lobby, cafeteria and lounge, and the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery. The showpiece auditorium, Canada’s first “surround” hall seats 1,233 people on the ground floor, balcony and choir. Among the acoustical features of the auditorium are retractable sound-absorbing banners, designed by Victoria fabric artist Carol Sabiston.