Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

City of Beaverton

Envisioned as an iconic arts and entertainment destination, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will enhance the cultural and economic vitality of this rapidly transforming suburban community.

Size: 48,454 sf
Location: Beaverton, OR

Situated on a prominent, yet irregularly shaped site adjacent to the light-rail station, City Hall and Beaverton Creek, the Center will mediate between the emerging urban development and surrounding natural setting. The community’s aspiration of realizing a regional identity for the Center is strengthened by a prominent presence and unobstructed views from Hall Boulevard and will be complemented by directly engaging Beaverton Creek as a regional resource. This site creates a memorable civic amenity that integrates the Center within a park and plaza setting.

Designed to serve as a home for a variety of touring programs, professional performances, and a much–needed resource for regional arts groups, the Center will also offer educational and family programming.

The art gallery, experimental performance lab and entrance lobby will activate a pedestrian-friendly festival street experience; a glass-enclosed theatre lobby opens to an arts plaza adjacent to the Creek.

The adjacency to Beaverton Creek and the City’s desire for the use of wood in the public interior spaces inspired the metaphor of the “Beaver Dam” – an enveloping wood enclosure of both engineered and artistic expression – for the design of the lobby and 550-seat theatre. Wood panels with layered wood sticks and incisions support the seamless integration of acoustical and theatrical systems within the purity of the architectural aesthetic.