MNP Tower – West Hastings Street


The MNP Tower (the accountancy tenant who were first to sign up were given the naming rights by the developer, Oxford Properties) was squeezed into a small site between the iconic Marine Building and the Guinness Tower (both also co-owned by Oxford). Initial designs were by Vancouver-based MCP, but after rejection by the Urban Design Panel a new architect, US based Kohn Pederson Fox were brought on board and they generated the gently curving dark blue-grey tower that has just been completed.

MNP 4The base of the building incorporates the façade of the University Club, abandoned for many years (except for movie shoots), which was designed by Thompson, Berwick & Pratt in 1929 when it was known as the Quadra Club.


Before images: 2011; after images 2015


VGH Blusson Pavilion


The Blusson Pavilion, incorporating the ICORD Centre is one of a series of new buildings on the Vancouver General Hospital campus replacing tired buildings from the 1930s and 50s. Musson Cattell Mackey’s design for this Spinal Cord Injury research and treatment centre features a dramatic spiral ramp, a ‘spine’ glazed canopy and a glazing pattern that picks up the design of the 1950s Fairmont Medical Centre a block away. There’s also a new landscaped seating area beside the building

Before image 2006; after image 2008