New flower-shaped coffee shop pavilion in Vancouver wins design award (PHOTOS)

Feb 4 2020, 1:37 pm

The centrepiece pavilion building of the new public plaza next to the Emily Carr University of Art & Design campus and the South Flatz office building has won a design award.

Last month, the Chicago-based Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded the Great Northern Way Pavilion the award for “Overall Excellence and Commercial/Industrial.” MCA’s annual Chairman’s Awards recognizes the most outstanding metal construction projects in North America.

Construction reached substantial completion last year, and Nemesis Coffee is in the process of outfitting the 2,000-sq-ft retail space into its newest location.

The red-coloured, flower-shaped pavilion, designed by architectural firm Perkins & Will, is part of PCI Developments and Low Tide Properties’ South Flatz office building, which includes tenants Samsung, Langara College’s ArtU campus, Finning International, Blackbird Interactive, and Spaces co-working.

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Future Nemesis Coffee location at Great Northern Way Pavilion. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

“Sculpted for inside-outside visibility from all sides of the plaza, the petals flare to signify its three entrances and culminate to form a glazed oculus that floods the interior with diffused natural light,” reads the architect’s description, adding that the pavilion “acts as both a gate and a community-gathering place working as a catalyst to activate the main plaza.”

The outer set of petals are free standing to the ground, and the physical separation with the inner set allows pedestrians to walk through between the spaces.

The series of overlapping aluminum panels that provide the flower appearance were manufactured by AlucobondUSA, and installed by Keith Panel Systems (KPS).

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Future Nemesis Coffee location at Great Northern Way Pavilion. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Future Nemesis Coffee location at Great Northern Way Pavilion. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

The series of overlapping aluminum panels that provide the flower appearance were manufactured by AlucobondUSA, and installed by Keith Panel Systems (KPS).

“The Great Northern Way Pavilion is relatively small in stature but it makes a statement like no other structure in the City of Vancouver; it is truly a stunning architectural achievement,” reads the project description by KPS.

“We recognized immediately that the curvilinear form of the building would not allow for traditional fabrication and installation methods. KPS developed a custom exterior panel system that is one of a kind and had never been used before, but we stayed true to the building science principles that we follow with all of our high-performing rainscreen applications.”

The pavilion is located just footsteps from the future Great Northern Way Station of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension at the northeast corner of the intersection of Great Northern Way and Thornton Street.

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Future Nemesis Coffee location at Great Northern Way Pavilion. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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