Beaverbrook Art Gallery opens new pavilion addition

Designed by KPMB, the new Harrison McCain Pavilion entry is a multi-functional lobby for the existing Gallery.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery has recently reopened its doors with a new entry created to accommodate a range of events.

Designed by KPMB, the new Harrison McCain Pavilion entry is a multi-function lobby designed that includes ticketing, membership and visitor services, a gift shop, café, and support spaces.

The pavilion is situated directly across from the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. KPMB describes the “gentle curve” of the precast concrete façade as both a response to the existing urban condition, and a welcoming and inviting gesture.

“The precast concrete façade piers are over eight meters in height and are angled radially to maximize views while providing the required solar shading,” says KPMB.

The design accommodates the water level of the St. John River, which rises every spring. Taking this seasonal flooding into consideration, the project elevates the ground floor well above the floodplain.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Beaverbrook Art Gallery


9,000 ft² / 836 m²

Project Type
Culture, Heritage, Interiors, Museum / Gallery

Shirley Blumberg (partner), Matthew Wilson (senior associate), Francesco Valente-Gorjup (associate), Jinsu Park, Jonathan Santaguida, Lukas Bergmark, Ramin Yamin, Gerald DesRochers

Eastern Designers and Company Ltd. (structural engineers), Crandall (mechanical engineers), RSEI Consultants Ltd. (electrical engineers), DotDash (lighting consultant), Entro (signage consultant), JMV Consulting (building science consultant), Aercoustics (acoustical consultant)

Mark Hemmings