Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre
Studio: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Project: Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Credit: Ema Peter
The ever-growing work force of the global tech-giant, Microsoft, prompted the company to relocate and expand their Vancouver offices into a 142,000 SF space in a newly renovated department store building in downtown Vancouver. The remodel removed the solid façade, and reskinned the building with a new glass curtain wall, exposing the spectacular views of the city and the surrounding landscapes. Occupying the top two floors of the building, the new open workplace takes full advantage of the expansive views.
The new office was to house two gaming companies and a software developer business unit, but be designed for future flexibility as the business model morphs with anticipated future developments. The workplace is supported with a wide variety of open and enclosed collaboration spaces to facilitate the various workflow needs. Included throughout are amenity spaces, such as a distinctly unique reception area adjacent to a café with espresso bar for staff and visitors, a game room, and technology spaces including a maker lab where employees can explore creative ideas for new projects.
The design team drew upon the distinct natural setting of the company’s Seattle headquarters as well as the natural landmarks of Canada’s Lower Mainland to inform the architecture.