Built to provide visitors with an unparalleled experience, Tsawwassen Mills combines shopping, dining, and entertainment into one space. Located just south of Vancouver on the Tsawwassen First Nation’s land, the project is the result of a partnership between the developer, Ivanhoe Cambridge and the people of the Tsawwassen First Nation. This strong partnership had a great influence on the mall’s design, as developers worked closely with Tsawwassen artisans to incorporate culturally significant artwork and decor throughout the space.
With over 180 retail stores and 1.2 million square feet of retail space, it was important for the developers to make user experience and navigation a priority. To aid wayfinding, the interior space is divided into five distinct shopping neighbourhoods – Fashion, Outdoor Life, Coast Salish, City, and Nature, each with its own custom design and décor. On the building’s exterior, the six public entrances are clearly numbered and each features a prominent public art piece which acts as a landmark.