A slender boutique office building on the Vancouver waterfront, MNP Tower sensitively negotiates its context at every level, from its place on the skyline to the vibrant streetscape it is a part of.
A striking but restrained form, MNP Tower has a curvilinear geometry that complements the more traditional rectilinear forms surrounding it. The building deftly mediates between two iconic Vancouver buildings: from the east, the building serves as a backdrop for the 1920s, Art Deco Marine Building, one of Vancouver’s most significant heritage buildings, and from the west, the 1960s Guinness Tower.
The vitality of the streetscape is a priority for this design. The building’s curved lobby supports circulation through the site and opens onto a public plaza that is shared with Guinness Tower. The accessible plaza offers connections between West Hastings Street and West Cordova Street, and offers a sunlit area for use in warm months. The design also retains the historic façade of the University Club, a heritage building on the site, allowing the project to maintain the historic streetwall along West Hastings Street that begins with the Marine Building.
The building also achieves a high degree of efficiency and sustainability, and has received both LEED Gold Core and Shell certification and WELL certification.