Posts Tagged ‘Alhambra’

The Alhabra takes home Commercial Building Award from the REBGV

October 1st, 2010

The Alhambra building, at 8 Water Street, was honoured this week as part of the first annual Commercial Building Awards, presented by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.  The Alhambra took home the award for commercial renovation and restoration excellence.  To see the complete list of winners and more details about the awards themselves, see the REBGV’s press release here.

Constructed in 1887, the Alhambra was originally known as Vancouver’s most modern hotel; it’s since housed Vancouver’s first courthouse and jail, stables, restaurants and offices.  The restored building preserves the historic façade, making space for offices and ground-floor retail, and connecting the building to the Gaoler’s Mews Courtyard that runs between Water and Carrall.  More info here.

Alhambra, Garage, Cordage, Cordage, Grand and Terminus get a gold medal from the AIBC

September 13th, 2010

The adjoined Water Street properties were honoured with the 2010 Lieuntenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture, and profiled in Architecture BC, the journal of the Architecture Insititute of BC.

One juror’s comment:

“This integrates history, design elements … context, site, and program. What impressed me is how all these elements are integrated while keeping the character of the existing area.”

Congratulations go to Acton Ostry Architects for the honour.

Read the entire issue 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.