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 of which it is a part.
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.