Harrison McCain Pavilion featured in The Local Project
February 1, 2024
Since its Fall 2022 opening, the Harrison McCain Pavilion (HMP), an elegant 9000-square-foot pavilion we designed for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, has been celebrated for fulfilling the gallery’s mission to bring art and community together.
Dezeen recognized it as “a venue for community engagement.” Canadian Interiors said it’s “a sight for artistic eyes.” DOMUS named it one of the best architecture projects of 2023. Construction Canada said it “redefines architectural excellence.” And in its most recent issue, The Local Project called it “welcoming” and “sleek.”
“The Harrison McCain Pavilion by KPMB Architects provides a sense of welcoming openness and engagement with the urban landscape, comprising sleek new visitor facilities,” Camille Khouri writes. “[It] brings the gallery into the modern day with a design that is futureproof, malleable and inviting.”
Simple in form, but thoughtful in design, HMP, an AZURE AZ Award winner, completed Beaverbrook’s grand three-phase expansion and gave a new face to the New Brunswick cultural institution. Its exterior — featuring precast concrete and a glass façade with a gentle curve (mirroring the curve on its Queen Street site) and a classical colonnade — was inspired by the many exceptional heritage buildings, porticos, and porches of Fredericton. And inside, a café, gift shop, communal areas, and a crackling fireplace elevate the visitor experience.