Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Phase 1: Revitalization Project

Phase 2: Expansion Project

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Phase 2 expansion will create a landmark example of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. The award-winning firm of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple of Halifax, Nova Scotia has designed a powerfully elegant addition worthy of the quality of the collection. With an area around 14,000 ft2, it is designed to engage the public, capture the unparalleled beauty of its environment and provide stellar exhibition, education and public areas.

The sweeping new Dorchester stone pavilion transforms the the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and graciously wraps around the east end, opening to The Green and to the St. John River.

The Pavilion is the highly visible public symbol of the expansion of the Gallery. It will house two levels of programming space including up to four new galleries, additional vault space, an artist-in-residence studio, a multi-purpose theatre, and a café.

This will represent a historic and enduring legacy to the people of New Brunswick and Canada.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be treated as a place of civic pride, a site-specific design culturally investing in the City’s centre. The new Gallery will embrace The Green, the St. John River, and downtown Fredericton; establishing a relationship between itself and these public spaces with their inhabitants. The proposed addition engages the public by both creating integrated outdoor spaces, and opening the Gallery’s interior with large panes of glass. The minimal stone-clad addition reinforces the Gallery’s integration within its urban context. The Legislative Assembly Building adds to the civic nature of this part of town; its tradition will be respected through stone, a simple low form, and a mature timeless architecture.

The addition will provide a number of new galleries; these modern and versatile galleries will be tailored to display and share the extensive Beaverbrook collection while providing accessibility to all visitors.

Phase 3: (Optional Phase)