The new Vancouver Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) store is the tenth and latest of a family of distinct new stores across the country completed by MEC over the past 5 years. Located at the corner of 2nd and Quebec, the three-storey mass timber building embodies MEC’s brand identity while acting as a gateway marker to the Olympic Village neighbourhood.
The innovative store is a high-performance building that uses almost one-third less energy than the standards set out by the national energy code. It utilizes innovative wastewater technologies, collecting rainwater in cisterns fed from a central blue roof sandwiched between two sloping green roofs. The building is designed to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification and is Salmon Safe.
Elenore on Fifth
Elenore on Fifth is a mixed-use commercial and residential development at the corner of 5th Ave and Main Street in Vancouver. The entire upper portion of the building is skewed off of the street grid to create a dramatic skyline and maximize the available FSR. The building was sculpted to view the mountains, terracing down the slope of Main St to create opportunities for large residential patios and outdoor urban space. The use of brick references the district’s industrial heritage while stone and wood-toned panels nod to neighbouring contemporary condos.
The project is a full Proscenium design — the interior and exterior design were considered together to create a cohesive experience throughout. It is LEED Gold certified and incorporates many sustainable elements, such as extensive green roofs, 5″ exterior insulation and durable materials such as brick cladding.
34 West 7th Avenue
Located in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, 34 West 7th is a newly built 48,000 sq. ft. strata unit office building for Chard Development. The project features a stepped massing, which allows each tenant space to avail themselves of spatially private, south facing terraces. The fourth level takes advantage of the site’s topography, maximizing northern city views, and features a large external deck overlooking Jonathan Roger’s Park to the west. Conceptually, the massing is a series of horizontally stacked boxes dissected by the vertical plane of the circulation feature stair and the elevator. In its final configuration there are nine strata office units.
KPU Wilson School of Design
Proscenium worked with Kwantlen Polytechnic University on the Wilson School of Design in 2018. The project included FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) and interior design for a new mass-timber building designed by KPMB Architects and Public Design. Our vision for this bright and open space was based on the unconventional needs of design students that work in areas of fashion, interior design and graphics. We worked with KPU closely to devise a contemporary solution, providing custom built lockers, portable classroom furniture and custom millwork. We also designed inter-departmental common spaces—places where ideas can fly—to facilitate social interaction and collaboration between different creative disciplines.
4th & Burrard
Standing at 4th and Burrard, this mixed-use building provides an updated home for Comor Sports while adding density to the site with multiple floors of office space above. Transparency to the stairs animates the sculptural facade, using vertical circulation to provide a visual anchor stitching together levels of stratified program.
The three-storey building is wrapped by a curtain wall of architectural concrete and wood-look metal panels, creating a warm and inviting exterior. A vibrant red canopy provides weather protection for pedestrians. The “sliding planes” of the building, with its intersecting horizontal and vertical lines, adds visual intrigue to the busy corner in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.