Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

City of Beaverton

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

Size: 46,366 sf
Location: Beaverton, OR
Stat: LEED Gold

Awards:
2022, AIA Northwest and Pacific Region, Citation Award
2022, DJC Oregon TopProjects, First in Arts, Culture and Entertainment
2022, PBJ, Transformer Award Honoree

Situated on a prominent, yet irregularly shaped site adjacent to the light-rail station, City Hall and Beaverton Creek, The Reser mediates between the emerging urban development and surrounding natural setting. The community’s aspiration of realizing a regional identity for The Reser is strengthened by a prominent presence and unobstructed views from Hall Boulevard.

Designed to serve as a home for a variety of touring programs, professional performances, and a much–needed resource for regional arts groups, The Reser also offers educational and family programming. The public art gallery, experimental performance lab and entrance lobby 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.