Client: Mountain Equipment Co-Op | Location: Various Locations | Budget: $10 Million (est.) | Completed: 2016

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Enns | Gauthier is the lead design landscape architect for four new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) stores: Kelowna, Edmonton (South Commons and Brewery District) and Vancouver. E|G worked closely with MEC, Proscenium Architecture and Interiors, and the rest of the consultant team to deliver buildings with a range of outdoor amenities including sustainable water management, extensive native landscaping, walking paths, custom seating, public art installations and a rooftop patio with vegetable planters and fruit trees for staff and visitors.

The landscape design for the Mountain Equipment Co-op in Kelowna seeks to transform the empty area in front of a large CRU into an active and engaging public plaza and retail entry space. The overall design objective is to bring an inspiring, creative and authentic experience based on an inspired theme that takes local ecosystems as its reference point.

More than 75% of all threatened plant and animal species in BC are located in the native grasslands of the Okanagan. The entry to the new Kelowna store highlights these plant communities creating a dialogue about environmental conservation in the process.

Our concept consists of a series of berms, outcrops and small water features meant to be visible from a distance. As the visitor approaches the store, these elements come together to create a comfortable gathering and arrival place for visitors.

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