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MEC Kelowna

Proscenium has a long working relationship with MEC, starting with the design of their head office in 1999 and the subsequent award-winning head office in 2014. Since then, Proscenium worked with MEC to provide the concept and schematic design direction for their nation-wide expansion, to accompany a large-scale rebranding effort towards active outdoor lifestyles and sustainable values.

 

Along the way, a hierarchy of store typologies was developed, with larger, multi-story Flag ship stores featuring a street-level canopy and smaller, single-level stores tied together by their use of materials and a large flying entry canopy. MEC Kelowna was the second single-story retail built after the original North Vancouver store.

 

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.

Aston Martin Vancouver

We were retained by Aston Martin Vancouver to revamp an existing car showroom on Burrard Street to serve as their new home.  This unique space makes use of high quality finishes to create a calm and luxurious environment.  The showroom makes smart use of space allowing for the showcase of 5 cars, along with a customer lounge and sales offices.

 

Furniture provided by Inform Interiors

Shine Autowash and Storguard

This consolidated site features two buildings with very different programs, which use shared architectural elements and a common material palette to achieve a unified site aesthetic. The carwash is constructed of a combination of concrete foundations, slab-on-grade, concrete masonry walls, and steel decking supported by steel structure. This west coast modern building also features glu-lam column cladding to bring a sense of human scale and warmth to a vehicle focused program. The columns repeat at across the north façade of the Storguard Ministorage. Originally a meat-processing plant, as part of its conversion to a ministorage facility an additional floor was inserted in the two storey north portion and the single storey south portion of the building, resulting in a three storey facility. These storeys are tied together with three new fire stairs and the glass enclosed feature stair on the north façade. A new administrative office nestled beside the glassy feature stair welcomes patrons into the building. The original processing plant’s loading doors have been re-purposed as convenient drop off points.

Patagonia Vancouver

Patagonia’s first store in Vancouver brings a heavy timber warehouse back to its roots.  The design embraces the warehouse’s original features including its stepped floor, loading bays and concrete slab.  Since its time as a warehouse the structure had been significantly altered for retail use, but Patagonia wished to turn back the clock and restore the structure.

The original concrete floor was polished leaving the historic imperfections visible, the wood frame was sandblasted and reinforced with seismic steel to meet current building code.  A heavy timber and steel stair off the landing defines the entrance to the store.  Larger operable windows were installed to allow for natural ventilation. 

The existing exterior wall facing Maple Street was reclad in corten steel shingles, custom designed and fabricated to reinforce the industrial spirit of the building.  Additionally, weather protection was added in the form of a new canopy of raw steel that folds down, transitioning into blade signage viewable by pedestrian traffic.