Located in Downtown Vancouver, Parq takes part of the development of BC Place Stadium’s neighbouring lot. The complex is a mixed-use building originally designed by ACDF and Architecture 49. It houses a casino, two luxury and lifestyle hotels, eight restaurants, a fitness centre, a spa, numerous meeting and reception rooms, as well as an elevated park located on the sixth floor.
The architects chose a simple carved shape embracing the site’s footprint that would complement the emblematic architecture of the stadium. The result provides an important landmark to the city, which also acts as a transition between the stadium and the surrounding smaller scale buildings.
With its cliffs, gorges and valleys, the city’s backdrop is reflected through the fluid form and the dynamic composition of Parq Vancouver. An earth tone shimmering curtain wall adorns the façade. If its sharp edges are reminiscent of high cliffs, the exterior also gives a feeling of lightness. Metallic louvers are incorporated to the façade, following a pattern made from a pixelated image of the mountains. Like a valley, the rectilinear lines bend inward to form the inner façades. Clear glass, opalescent white and round shapes engage with the stadium’s bold curves. Slopes converge towards a lush green space. Inspired by Nordic flora, the rooftop park features local native pines and offers scenic views of the mountains. The elevated gardens contribute to the sustainable aspect of the project and show an innovative use of green spaces, seamlessly introducing nature into a refined urban environment.
Built to meet LEED Gold Standards, the entertainment complex also pays homage to Vancouver’s natural setting. While proctecting spectacular mountain views, Parq uses the landscape’s rich contrasts to create a distinct identity as well as a strong presence in the city’s skyline.