The Fraser Mills presentation centre has begun construction on-site in South Coquitlam. The project is expected to be open to the public in December 2023. The $10 million dollar presentation centre is expected to be a key destination for those interested in the Fraser Mills development project, as it encapsulates the essence of the area’s history and future.
Designed by the renowned Vancouver-based architecture studio Patkau Architects, the project marks a notable milestone for the firm as it becomes their first presentation centre. Patkau Architects is internationally recognized for their exceptional work on projects such as the Audain Art Museum, Polygon Gallery, and ARTLab.
“The goal was not merely to construct a building but to create a living testament that seamlessly weaves together the past, present, and future.” Greg Boothroyd, Principal of Patkau Architects
This project carries significant importance for the area due to its connection to the rich history of the Fraser Mills site. The presentation centre aims to pay homage to the legacy of the old lumber mill, which held a prominent position as the largest mill in the region and played a pivotal role in the growth and development of Vancouver.
Inspired by the site’s rich historical significance, Patkau’s visionary design for the presentation center encapsulates a master plan info hub and two display homes that seamlessly blend the past with the present. It ingeniously incorporates elements symbolizing innovation and growth, where the central themes of craft, wood, and technology converge to reflect both the traditional craftsmanship deeply rooted in the lumber mill’s heritage and the cutting-edge advancements that have shaped the area’s development.
One noteworthy aspect of the presentation centre’s design is the use of cross-laminated timber. Not only does it align with the site’s history as a lumber mill, but it also showcases the latest advancements in sustainable construction methods, making it a symbol of progress and environmental consciousness.