Room to Work and Play
Having outgrown their former main office, MEC wanted to build a new facility that would drive the vibrance of an outdoor culture, support core values, promote collaboration, and enable adaptability for expansion in the future. Serving more than 3.5 million co-op members is a huge undertaking but when MEC’s employees love where they work, they happily support members living active outdoor lifestyles. The organization’s brand and design of the East Vancouver headquarters are major factors in attracting and retaining the passionate people MEC hires—the space effortlessly provides areas for both work and play.
Two slender intersecting bars define the building’s form to create a narrow floorplate penetrated by natural light. An atrium space with a feature stairway gives people connectivity and visibility right in the heart of the building—enabling sight lines and connection for focus work, collaboration, and breaks.