MG2, formerly known as MulvannyG2, is a leading architecture and planning firm in Seattle, especially renowned for retail design and consultancy. It was found in 1971 and currently operates out of five offices in Seattle, Washington DC, Irvine, Minneapolis, and Shanghai. Their holistic and multi-disciplinary approach makes their design process collaborative and brings together heterogeneous teams based on clients and project needs. They pride themselves on becoming a part of their client’s business, which in turn helps what they build for them, to perfectly mold themselves into the requirements. This meticulous perspective extends to the firm’s ideas and initiatives which are governed by sustainability and philanthropy.

Here are 15 projects which exemplify their ideas and approach.

1. MG2 Headquarters (Seattle, Washington)

MG2 shifted its headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle into 3 floors of 1101 Second Building, designed by Paul Thiry and built-in 1967, and re-developed the space by putting together a multi-disciplinary team of designers and experts. The design offers a flexible work environment with a seamless flow of various spaces and rooms that provide for different kinds of work and encourages collaboration. The use of renewable and reclaimed materials along with energy-efficient fixtures demonstrate sustainable concerns in design.

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2. Bellevue Towers (Bellevue, Washington)

Multiple award-winning Bellevue towers elevate the skyline of the Seattle suburb which is fast developing into a city. The mixed-use, condominium development not only flaunts the merger of luxury and sustainability with its street-level restaurants, rooftop gardens, and leisure walking paths along with rainwater irrigation system, natural light maximization, and renewable building materials.

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3. Tower 12 (Seattle, Washington)

With diversity in apartment typologies, ranging from studio apartments to penthouses of varied sizes, and necessary amenities at walkable distance, the 34-story Tower 12 building, in Seattle Downtown, becomes a perfect abode for young urban citizens. Significant views of the city add to the enthusiasm of the building.

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4. Costco Wholesale Headquarters Campus (Issaquah, Washington)

The 30-acre site for the Costco campus is located at the city’s upcoming commercial area, creeks, and trails on the East. The design consisting of a warehouse and other retail and office buildings aims to respond and form meaningful connections with the natural environments and maintain community coherence.

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5. Fuzhou Heritage Park (Fuzhou, China)

The Fuzhou Strait Intangible Cultural Heritage Ecological Park is an award-winning unbuilt project, aiming to bring the culture and traditions of the region to the visitors through the architecture of a traditional aesthetic. It offers views to the traditional agricultural landscape and provides smooth transitions between cultural activities in the built and the surrounding mountainous landscape. A zero-carbon impact also contributes to the preservation of the site.

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6. Hyatt at Olive 8 (Seattle, Washington)

This mixed residential and hospitality project is one of MG2’s exemplary projects of Eco-friendly luxury. Along with an extensive green rooftop, the building heights have been optimized along the lines of sustainability incentives. The 39-story high rise provides luxurious amenities and spatial experience to its residents and guests.

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7. Four Seasons (Kyoto, Tokyo)

The strong historic context of a 1500-year-old temple and a water garden, along to serve international tourists, gives both a challenge and an opportunity to the architectural response on the site. A mixture of traditional and contemporary, in material usage, and programme development creates an environment of Japanese tradition alongside international comfort.

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8. Arena Sports (Mill Creek, Washington)

Arena Sports Centre is a soccer-first, one-stop destination for sports and entertainment. For the design of this 98,000 sq. feet industrial project, MG2 extended its facilities for casework and fixture design as well. The design of the complex is made flexible and comfortable enough to accommodate private parties and corporate events, through large open spaces in the layout along with ample daylight.

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9. Fujian Provincial Electric and Power Company Headquarters (Fuzhou, China)

With its form symbolic of a lightning bolt, the 31-story tower asserts the enthusiasm of the company on the sky-line of the city. Its innovative and high-tech solutions for energy efficiency along with about orientation and ventilation have set an example across China.

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10. Tree Houses at Skamania Lodge (Stevenson, Washington)

The treehouses completely fulfill the design intent of escaping reality. Height of 15-30 feet above ground level, offers a unique view of the Columbia River Gorge hazed by Douglas fir trees. The simple structure with expansive windows, alcove space for the bed, wooden flooring, and dark tiled bathrooms, perfectly compliment the serene landscape.

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11. Trolley Square (Salt Lake City, Utah)

The Trolley Square project involved the renovation of a 100-year-old Trolley barn. The project involved the renovation of the central court and redefinition of the ground floor into an easily comprehendible set of commercial spaces, improving its circulation and space utilization.

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12. PCC Community Markets (Multiple Locations, Washington)

The PCC Community markets were not to be like any other grocery store, according to the vision of the client. To create an atmosphere of a farmer’s market, intricate efforts have been put so that the engagement of the staff with the customers is enhanced. The stores have been designed to be able to function on 100% renewable energy.

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13. Anthony’s Restaurants (Multiple Locations, Washington)

The architectural style of a restaurant becomes a part of its trademark. Anthony’s Restaurants aim at providing the best seafood, a fine dining experience to its users, so does the architecture. Since most of the restaurants are built alongside water bodies, a special effort is taken to integrate the water bodies with the casual dining space.

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14. Corporate Campus Food Pods (Prototype)

Through this project, MG2 has attempted to convert unused urban spaces into potential cafeterias with the help of a prototype of a kitchenette and selling facility created by refurbished sea containers. Careful understanding of the food preparation, selling, and casual dining process has made the functioning of the module rather smooth.

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15. Camp Korey (Mount Vernon, Washington)

MG2 extended its service for developing an extended master plan for Camp Korey, which is a not for profit organization working with children with special medical needs. The project aimed to improve the accessibility and connectivity issues at the same time resolving short- and long-term goals of expansion.

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