Archive for August, 2010

“The Revival of Gastown” in Westcoast Homes and Design

August 31st, 2010

The Vancouver Sun’s Westcoast Homes and Design describes the new face of Gastown, including some Salient Group projects, in the current issue.  The reporter visits with some long-time residents and business-owners, such as Nancy Bendtsen at Inform Interiors, and talks about new arrivals as well.  Read the whole article here.

Gastown projects win Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine award

August 24th, 2010

Five Salient Group projects in Gastown have been recognized, as a group, with a 2010 SAB Canadian Green Building Award.  They are Alhambra, Garage, Cordage, Grand, and Terminus.  From the article:

Jury comments: The rehabilitation of existing heritage buildings is always welcomed, and the additional new multi-storey infill construction of this project happily maintains the historic Gastown facade of Vancouver. The new construction is of high quality that does not mimic but rather complements the older buildings. The small, exquisite interior spaces, only three metres wide, feel larger, and the design makes effective use of natural light and thermal mass, geothermal heating, high-efficiency heat pumps, and salvaged building materials.

Architect for all five projects was Acton Ostry; many more interesting details of the projects, and photos, are at the SAB Magazine website.

Business in Vancouver talks Gastown makeover

August 23rd, 2010

The Real Estate Roundup in this week’s Business in Vancouver discusses several Salient Group projects, including the Paris Annex, and how Gastown continues to evolve.  Reporter Peter Mitham gets Robert Fung’s thoughts on what’s propelling the change, and what’s drawing new people to the area.  Read the entire article here.

Launching the Paris Annex in Gastown

August 18th, 2010

The Paris Annex

Our latest Gastown project, the Paris Annex, is set to launch this September. The Annex is all new construction designed to complement the neighbouring Paris Block, a restored 100-year- old building named for its longtime occupant, shoe retailer Pierre Paris. On completion in the fall of 2011 the Paris Annex will consist of 17 apartments, including two penthouse lofts with rooftop access.

The Salient Group is committed to combining spectacular modern architecture with heritage, and the Paris Annex is the perfect example. The new construction features a modern exterior of concrete, glass and aluminum, and interiors with large windows, linear floor plans and decks. It will share corridors, stairs and an elevator with its heritage counterpart. The design goal is to add interest and diversity to the neighbourhood while helping strengthen the existing community.

The show suite will be open to the public in early September at the courtyard at Garage, 12 Water Street. Stay tuned for more news and photos as the Paris Annex progresses.



The Flack Block and p + a furniture in the Vancouver Sun

August 13th, 2010

p+a furniture - FLack Block

The Flack Block gets an update in the Vancouver Sun, marking the first anniversary of Shelley Penner’s tenancy in the building.  Penner helms design firm Penner And Associates and the attached retail store p + a furniture, which sells sustainable, Canadian made products with an emphasis on smart design.

The makeover of the Flack Block, which Salient completed in 2008, has been followed by improvements in the rest of the neighbourhood as well – read Penner’s thoughts on the area and its business potential here.

Gastown heritage profiled in the Vancouver Sun

August 5th, 2010

The Vancouver Sun’s Business section has a write-up the continuing restoration of Gastown.  The story features an interview with the owners of Orling & Wu, a new store at 28 Water Street, a heritage property which is part of the Salient Group’s revitalization efforts in the area.

News 1130 also carries the story here.