With Richmond Centre Dining Terrace in Richmond, British Columbia, the design team’s goal was to create a modern, urban, environmentally conscious space. The Dining Terrace is located on the upper level of a former multiplex cinema and the developer wanted to evoke a restaurant quality setting to take the mall dining experience to a new level.
The Dining Terrace was constructed with a lightweight, built-up floor structure of plywood and steel deck to flatten the once-sloped theatre ceiling. A structural steel grid, spanning between the roof columns, simplified the installation of ceilings and allowed for support of ceiling hung restaurant equipment.
The design team used the principles of Feng Shui to honor the beliefs of a large portion of Richmond’s population. The Feng Shui philosophy orients buildings and interior spaces based on local natural features, such as bodies of water and the stars, to achieve spiritual harmony.
In adherence to Cadillac Fairview’s Green initiatives program, the designers used recycled indigenous wood from Vancouver Island and recycled chairs made from PET bottles for the Dining Terrace. To preserve natural light throughout the space, seven LED skylights were positioned throughout the terrace. The skylights have been equipped with daylight intensity LED cove lights to mimic natural light on the frequently grey West Coast days.
Project Name: Richmond Centre Food Court
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Size: 44,000 sq. ft.
Architect: Abbarach Architecture
Retail Design Firm: GH + A
Developer Owner: Cadillac Fairview Corp.
Landscape Architect: Hapa Collective
Lighting Consultants: Gabriel Mackinnon
Structural Engineers: RJC Consulting
Mechanical Engineers: Bycar Engineering Ltd.
Sprinklers Engineers: Tru Line Engineering
Electrical Engineers S+A: Falcon
Geo-Technical Engineer: Levelton
General Contractor: PCL Construction
Furniture: Klaus, ISA
Millwork: JSV Architectural Veneering & Millwork Inc.
Tiles (low walls and counters): Ciot
Tiles (columns): Centura Montreal, QC
Tiles (flooring): Stone Tile International Inc., Olympia Tile
Acoustic Tiles: Armstrong
Reclaimed Wood: Live Edge Design, Coast Ecotimber
Photography: Ed White Photographic