Manulife Financial building with brilliant colour changing glass is near completion

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Images: Gabe Daly, Ian Lowrie, Bill Pechet

PECHET Studio introduces a subtle, yet visible set of colour-changing bands of colour to the new Manulife Financial office building.

The glazing is seen nearly complete, Manulife Financial Tower will be the latest office development to add an extra hint of modern vibrancy in Vancouver’s Central Business District. Located at 980 Howe Street in Vancouver’s Downtown entertainment district, the resulting mass of construction appears monolithic and somber at times, with only the occasional splash of colour. According to Founder of PECHET Studio, Bill Pechet, in a city known for its atmospheric variations of soft grays, muted greens and blues, the architecture also stays within a narrow range of similar chromatics.

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Pechet and his team delivers an elegant design solution – Dichroic Vancouver introduces a subtle, yet visible set of colour-changing bands to the new building. Four delicate lines of dichroic glass will be integrated into the southeast and southwest facades to bring nuances of shifting colour to viewers which will range from a brilliant yellow-green to a softer aquamarine. The hues will be affected by climatic and light modulations in the sky. Like weather and emotion, all is in a constant state of change.

The project with CEI Architecture, and Endall Elliot Associates, will include 14 storeys of office space over a street level podium that contains prime storefront retail space and building services. The commercial office component will provide large floor plate rental opportunities.

A welcome addition to a sometimes-monochromatic city.
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Manulife Financial Tower will bring a modern and distinctive identifiable tower in Vancouver’s business core. While viewers will be enticed to witness surprising and changing conditions of light and colour.

Images: Gabe Daly, Ian Lowrie, Bill Pechet

Images: Gabe Daly, Ian Lowrie, Bill Pechet

Images: Gabe Daly, Ian Lowrie, Bill Pechet

Images: Gabe Daly, Ian Lowrie, Bill Pechet

Image: Previous land use from Google Maps

Image: Previous land use from Google Maps

Featured Image: Gabe Daly, Ian Lowrie, Bill Pechet

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