Leading VFX House Double Negative (Dneg) has confirmed this week that their new Vancouver facility will be in Mount Pleasant’s Radia Block.
“Our number one priority when looking for a facility here in Vancouver was to ensure that we have a space that we can work with to create the perfect environment for our artists,” said CEO Matt Holben. “We believe we’ve found just that. In addition, the size of our new facility will give us room for organic expansion and, location-wise, Mount Pleasant is clearly the perfect destination for clients and crew alike. Now, we can get on with the business of refurbishing the property to create a cutting edge vfx house to stand equal with our facilities in London and Singapore.”
Located at 149 West 4th Avenue, Dneg’s new 47,000 square foot office is managed by Hungerford Properties who leased the building to MEC for 15 years and created a beautiful, environmentally sustainable office environment for the outdoor retail coop. MEC has since moved to a new massive 112,000 square foot head office in East Vancouver.
The building’s next incarnation will feature new world-class technology systems and computer IT infrastructure, a mix of open plan and cellular office environments and will include employee amenities like a café, refreshment hubs, screening rooms, cinemas, editing and R&D suites.
Double Negative is working with Hungerford Properties to seek to integrate the needs of a high tech company with a creative workspace. “Double Negative has a unique culture and specific technical requirements,” said Michael Hungerford. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with a world leader in innovative workplace design.”
“Together with Hungerford we are looking forward to preparing a space that will carry over the feel of the existing Dneg offices, incorporating elements and ideas from both the London and Singapore facilities so the finished fit out will be instantly recognisable as a Double Negative space,” Holben added.
Dneg’s Vancouver crew will operate out of a temporary space in Coal Harbour whilst 149 West 4th is made ready. Dneg Vancouver’s first production is Through The Looking Glass for Walt Disney Pictures.
For those interested in working with Double Negative, they are currently recruiting across the board (and at all levels of seniority) for the new facility. If you’re an industry veteran or a fresh graduate, a 3D/2D artist, animator or producer, a HR professional or are looking to continue your career in tech support then their Recruitment team will be interested to hear from you. Head to Dneg’s Job Portal at www.dneg.com/jobs to apply.
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