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In pictures: Student-designed women's pharmacy

Construction delays and a lack of money are slowing the opening of an innovative new health care facility in Vancouver’s…

By Amanda Ash , in City , on December 9, 2008

Construction delays and a lack of money are slowing the opening of an innovative new health care facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Lu’s Pharmacy For Women, created by a team of UBC architecture students, is intended to change the way pharmacies look and work in Canada’s poorest postal code.

A model of Lu’s Pharmacy illustrates a long, soda shop-style counter made from recycled wood donated by UBC’s Wood Sciences. The counter will welcome women to talk to pharmacists about health concerns, provide healthcare reading material and function as a social hub.

During the day, the prism glass at the top of the façade will allow light to shine all the way through to the back of the Pharmacy, creating a bright and welcoming effect.

At night, the prism glass at the top of the façade will allow a soft, glowing light to shine out to the street.

The UBC architecture students have found design-savvy ways to recycle. The pharmacy will be lit up with chandeliers made of clear, plastic coat hangers.

Lu’s Pharmacy design will feature cherry blossoms, a delicate flower that symbolizes feminine beauty.

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