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Globe & Mail: A cool, modern twist to historic centre

June 29th, 2007


A cool, modern twist to historic centre
By Thomasina Barnes 
June 29, 2007

DEVELOPER: The Salient Group 
PRICE: Starling in the mid $300,000’5 
SIZE: From 586 to 1,771 sq. ft. 
SALES CENTRE: 12 Water St., Vancouver, by appointment only. 
CONTACT: Phone 604-689-LOFT (5638) or 

Developer Robert Fung has once again shown his signature restorative touch with the new Garage condominium project off Blood Alley in Gastown. 

Fung’s Salient Group has preserved the historical façade of the Water Street building and added a four storey modernist glass cube to the top. 

“Of all the projects we’ve done, this is the one I’m most excited about,” says developer Mr. Fung. “There is nothing like it in Vancouver, especially in terms of incorporating contemporary design into a heritage structure,” he says. 

Garage merges architectural elements from 1889, 1930, 1970 and 2007. It combines two historical properties and connects them with a central courtyard which the suites will be built around. 

The project name stems from one of the original businesses on the site – the Nagel Brothers Garage, which was one of the first parkade/service stations in Vancouver during the 1930’s.

Garage has been designed as a mixed-use building (the ground floor will be retail space while the second storey will remain offices), that celebrates its historic surroundings while offering a variety of modem amenities.

Suites at Garage have overheight ceilings, Miele appliances, variable refrigerant flow heating and cooling systems, as well as modern space-enhancing features like glass sliding bathroom doors. The open-concept homes have polished concrete and maple flooring, fully-panelled kitchens and maple cabinets. Sixty per cent of the suites will have outdoor space in the form of a deck or balcony. 

Mr. Fung believes that Gastown is “the cultural hub of Vancouver” and he sees the future of the city in its past. Within two blocks of the Garage site are numerous restaurants, bars, galleries and Simon Fraser University’s new School for Contemporary Arts. “The gravity – the very future of the city rests here,” says Mr. Fung.