A local retail and lifestyle center
The Mill is a mixed-use retail development located in Vancouver, Washington. The owner chose to rebrand an original site and revitalize the exterior façade to transform the development from a shopping center into a premium lifestyle destination that hosts a range of iconic local vendors, ranging from fitness centers to eateries. The name, “The Mill” was chosen to highlight Vancouver’s rich history in wood products and processing and was used as inspiration for the new design.
The design team found solutions to break up the long façade, adding scale and importance to larger anchor tenants. Each sector has its own distinct treatment that fits into an overall scheme. Cedar wood elements tie in the name and create a warm, inviting environment. Branded LED vertical wall wash lights create interest, drawing the eye deep into the site.
Seeing the value of providing space for general gathering, the owner opted to remove a tenant space and replace it with an all-season patio space, adding skylights and glass sectional doors out to a landscaped area with outdoor seating.