Museum of Anthropology - pool by Cornelia Oberlander
Finally, after 34 years, the long-empty pool by landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander has been filled. The building, UBC's Museum of Anthropology by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson, was built in 1976 and he and Oberlander worked on the landscape together, as they did for many projects. The pool was never filled because of concerns it would erode the soft cliffs between the museum and the beach below. The clay-lined shallow pool has now passed seismic and erosion inspection and has been filled. The building, modelled on First Nations longhouse architecture which traditionally sat on shale beaches not far from the water, now has the proper appearance. I had the opportunity to walk out with Cornelia to take a look at it. And it's beautiful. Her landscape architecture usually honours the indigenous landscape, and with the hemlocks and cedars and grasses the building is more beautiful and makes more sense.