Redeveloped Hillside Centre a bright spot in Victoria retail landscape
The reinvention of Hillside Centre is complete!
The shopping centre in Victoria, BC has seen a major expansion and renovation, led by MMC and CEI Architecture. The $75 million project includes a 55,000 square foot addition, with space for 30 new tenants, and a total of almost 300,000 square feet of renovated and added space. Several of the major existing stores were relocated to new, expanded premises. The design team worked closely with the construction team of EllisDon and Kinetic Construction.
The new Hillside Centre was repositioned to focus on fashion and is home to several new retailers, including U.S. industry leaders Target and Marshall’s. With a contemporary Pacific Northwest design aesthetic, the building features new two-storey entrances and a welcoming double-height galleria anchored by stone pilasters. Wood is featured throughout, extending from the canopy above the entryway deep into the facility, creating a spacious arcade for visitors to stroll through the centre. The stone and wood is expressed throughout the new facility, bringing a consistent visual and tactile experience.
The whole building is awash in natural light, with skylights lining circulation pathways, and clerestory windows drawing sunlight deep inside. The expanded food court is a particular highlight, with a high ceiling and lots of light—good food, too!
The redevelopment included several features to make the site more sustainable. New trees were added throughout the parking areas, along with rain gardens and permeable pavers. Cyclists have ample space to lock up their rides, and the use of natural light keeps energy use low.
CEI and MMC also led the addition of a new 120,000-square-foot Target store at Hillside Centre, one of the first in Western Canada.
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