• Richmond, BC
  • City of Richmond
  • 11,148 sq m
  • 120,000 sq ft
  • Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
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  • Architecture
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Richmond City Hall is comprised of four major building components, creating an ensemble of public spaces. The major conceptual theme for this project was driven by the fact that the city of Richmond is an island community. Water features significantly into the design, while the berms around the site are representative of the dikes that protect this low-lying island. The complex has been designed to ensure that the public will recognize City Hall as an inviting and accessible public resource. The building also provides an effective office environment to enhance the ability of its staff to carry out City business, serving the public as “customers.”

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The Design Story 01

Original watercolour sketch of the formal ceremonial entrance of City Hall.

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The Design Story 02

Original watercolour sketch of the galleria at City Hall.

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The Design Story 03

Original watercolour sketch of the view from the main street intersection. It prominently features the water feature as well as the circular form of the council chamber in front of the administration building, expressing the concept of the island city of Richmond.

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The Design Story 04

Original watercolour sketch illustrating the arbour structure that is situated between the surface parking lot (visitor parking) and the remainder of the site including the main public outdoor gathering space and the building. It takes up the elevation change between the surrounding site and the elevated ground floor of the building, required due to flood construction level requirements.

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The Design Story 05

Original watercolour sketch of City Hall showing mature landscaping on sloped berms. The sloped berms are part of the concept of the island city and the dikes that protect the island.


2002 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

2001 Lieutenant–Governor of British Columbia Merit Award, Architectural Institute of British Columbia

2001 International Illumination Design Award, BC Section, International Illumination Design

2000 Association Award of Excellence, Vancouver Regional Construction Association

1998 Award of Merit, Canadian Architect