Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre

Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre

Client  ·  Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Location  ·  Richmond, BC, Canada
Completion  ·  2023

Firm of Record  ·  KRA
Interior Design  ·  KRA
Construction Management  ·  KDS Construction

The Richmond Urgent and Primary Care Centre is located in an urban, light industrial area of Richmond, BC. The Richmond UPCC provides urgent primary care for people with non-life-threatening conditions who need care within 12-24 hours but do not require an emergency department. The clinic also provides primary care and X-Ray services.

Our design strives to create a calming interior space incorporating biophilic design elements. We achieved this using earth tones and materials reminiscent of wood and stone, while remaining seamless and free of texture.

A key aspect of the interior design was the incorporation of Indigenous art as a means of expressing Vancouver Coastal Health’s commitment to providing culturally safe health care for Indigenous patients. Tiffany Creyke, Director of Indigenous Design and Projects, Aboriginal Health curated a mural by local Musqueam artist, Mack Paul. Paul’s work incorporated a traditional and ecological land-based narrative into the design of a mural that features the double-headed serpent, a key figure in the origin story of the Musqueam Nation.

As demo began on the project, our team was delighted to discover a skylight was hidden under the existing t-bar ceiling. This skylight was integrated into the design of the new UPCC to bring in more natural light to the new Triage/Reception and Waiting Area of the Centre.

Photography by Andrew Latreille