Pop Rocks

Seen the new giant-sized beanbags in front of Koerner Library? These are Pop Rocks, the newest addition to UBC’s landscape.

The Pop Rocks are spread out in groups in front of Koerner Library. They will be around until the weather turns in the fall, and be back each year in a new location.



You may remember them from behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Now they’ve come home, and they may just be the best spot on campus to ponder the big questions or have an unexpected encounter.

Nature’s Pillow

Not only do they create a prime lounging spot, these Pop Rocks are totally sustainable. The huge pillows are made entirely from re-used materials. The fabric is from Canada Place’s roof sails, and they were sewn together by a local sail-maker. The filling itself is made from recycled polystyrene beads from a local plastics recycling company in Metro Vancouver.


The project was an equal collaboration between AFJD Studio and Matthew Soules Architecture. Joseph Dahmen (AFJD) and Matthew Soules are Assistant Professors at UBC in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Amber Frid-Jimenez (AFJD) is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University. For more information about the UBC architects who designed the Pop Rocks, check out the SALA or AFJD websites.