Posts Tagged ‘terminus’

terminus fly-through animation video

October 14th, 2008

terminus interior fly-through animation from The Salient Group on Vimeo.

David Nicolay named Western Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the Year

October 3rd, 2008

Evoke is Robert Edmonds, graphic artist (on left) and architect David Nicolay (right).

We’d like to express our congratulations to David Nicolay of Evoke International Design for being named Western Living Magazine’s Interior Designer of the year.

Evoke has worked on several of our latest projects including terminus, Garage on Water Street and The Paris Block and Paris Annex buildings on West Hastings Street.


David Nicolay talks about the terminus project from The Salient Group on Vimeo.


See the story below:

From award-winning homes to neighbourhood watering holes and hip T-shirts, this design firm redefines casual modern living.

By Jim Sutherland

Some interior design partnerships are headed by highly focused individuals possessing intimidating training and credentials along with a laser-like sense of purpose. Other partnerships consist of, well, an architect and a graphic artist who branched into interiors primarily to outfit the bars and restaurants they wanted to hang out in.

The latter partnership describes Vancouver’s Evoke International Design, headed by David Nicolay, the architect, and Robert Edmonds, the graphic artist. And while the duo’s route to running a seven-person interior design practice may have been circuitous, that doesn’t take anything away from their work, lauded by judge Kelly Deck for its “authentic flair” and “attention to materials and atmosphere.”


terminus kitchen

terminus kitchen


Today, residential work takes up a large chunk of Evoke’s design energy. As a double-threat architect and interior designer, Nicolay was responsible for a Vancouver home (seen here) that in 2006 was named a North American Home of the Year by Metropolitan Home magazine. Other residences are at various stages of design—in some cases, Nicolay notes, their progress hampered by local zoning regulations that penalize contemporary design Much of Evoke’s recent work has been on condominiums, particularly collaborations with Acton-Ostry Architects for Vancouver developers Townline and also the Salient Group, which specializes in converting warehouses and other heritage buildings. Judge Raymond Girard lauds what he calls “real” (as opposed to “soft”) lofts. “How clever to turn utilitarian spaces like kitchens and bathrooms into sculptural elements, spicing up smaller loft spaces without cramming them full of stuff, materials and textures.”

The seed of the Nicolay and Edmonds collaboration dates to the mid-1990s and a memorable Vancouver restaurant in the Kitsilano neighbourhood called Tangerine, which Nicolay and family members launched to fill what he describes as “a keenly felt void of cozy, stylish places to eat and drink.” That soon led to other restaurant work, both as designers and proprietors. Vancouver’s Figmint and Metro restaurants are recent projects, each displaying sophisticated takes on neo-modernism. Evoke and partners also designed Main Street haunts Habit and the Cascade Room, the latter a slightly off-key riff on post-war England. Both continue a tradition of rooms that, true to the company name, suggest rather than accurately describe a style or period. Paul Lavoie describes them as “fresh spaces with thoughtfulness for heritage and reality.”

The firm was recently hired for a condominium development in Victoria. A line of T-shirts featuring vivid graphic treatments by Edmonds is also ready to go. Not everyone can live in an Evoke product but at least we can all wear one.


See the original story here, and an article the Globe & Mail posted here.

Terminus Final Release of Homes

September 24th, 2007

Terminus Interior rendering

With the end of construction in sight, Salient has announced the release of it’s final 9 suites in their Landmark development terminus. These chic urban residencies are truly unique, and are for those who place design at the top of their list. Located on Water Street, in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district, terminus is a unique blend of historic facades and all new construction with a very modern aesthetic.

High ceilings – many of them up to 18′, secured inbuilding parking, geothermal heating and cooling, interiors by Evoke International Design, and a very hip urban roof top lounge help make the lofts and flats at terminus the living end, and a great beginning.

Video: The Real Estate Channel: Interview with Scott Pettipiece

March 24th, 2007

Ian Watt of the Real Estate Channel interviews our Manager of Sales and Marketing, Scott Pettipiece about some of the upcoming Salient Group projects.

You can see the entire post here.

BC Business: A Striking Nature

September 1st, 2006

Bowman Show Suite 1

BC Business: A Striking Nature
The salient group’s unique brand of urban revitalization begins with a plan for a healthy community

Consider Gastown, its cobbled streets, 100-year-old hotels, banks and office buildings – one of the last bastions of Vancouver’s architectural past, a once luxurious neighbourhood now relegated to social housing and tourism, its recent retail life fueled by maple syrup and t-shirts. 

Robert Fung, founder and president of The Salient Group of companies, has a vision for Gastown, a vision that applies equally to any urban neighbourhood where grand old buildings are threatened by neglect and obsolescence. “As a company, Salient acquires, develops and manages residential and commercial properties,” says Fung. “These goals run congruent to our passion, which is urban infill, and the rejuvenation and reinterpretation of our dwindling architectural heritage. We believe that building on a neighbourhood’s existing characteristics enhances the health of a community.” 

”What Robert identified is the concept of critical mass of redevelopment,” explains Gair Williamson, principle of Gair Williamson Architects. “If you can change three, five or six buildings, you begin to change the neighbourhood. It’s a very smart strategy.” According to Mark Ostry of Acton Ostry Architects, the Salient Group strategically picks inner city neighbourhoods in established communities that are without a sense of overall “balance.” Fung, says Ostry, has been very successful in negotiating with city planning departments to add value to the company’s developments. “Philosophically, Salient is very interested in this form of community redevelopment,” says Ostry, “They really try to weave their projects into the existing urban fabric.”


Business Edge: Redevelopment proves heritage site saver

July 20th, 2006

Business Edge: Redevelopment proves heritage site saver
Vancouver spurs projects with incentive program

By Monte Stewart – Business Edge
Published: 07/20/2006

Old is new again in Vancouver as developers try to preserve heritage buildings and deflate ballooning construction costs. 

Heritage building redevelopment is on the rise, says Larry Beasley, the City of Vancouver’s director of planning. There are 28 heritage redevelopment projects, worth $300 million, either underway or in the planning stages downtown and in Chinatown. 

Most projects are residential, he adds. 

“We want to save heritage sites in downtown particularly – especially in the central business district,” says Beasley. 

The city, which has had a heritage conservation program in place since 1983, is doing its part to spur demand by offering an incentive program – particularly in the heritage district along Hastings Street. 

Incentives include density transfers, whereby a developer can transfer density from a heritage site to another location, property tax abatement, and $50,000 façade grants to restore building frontages. 

Beasley says heritage redevelopment has increased lately because high land prices have spurred property owners to do something with heritage sites, and the density transfers have become accepted since they were introduced 10 to 15 years ago. 

The incentives have also virtually eliminated fights between groups trying to save heritage buildings and city hall. Beasley says the city was in a quandary because it is legally required to buy heritage sites if owners oppose their redevelopment. 

“In the past, we were losing heritage buildings left and right and there was nothing the municipality could do about it,” says Beasley.

Developers say it’s much cheaper to spruce up an old building than erect a new one. Demand is also high among homeowners.

“Nobody wants to live like their neighbour,” says Bob Rennie of Rennie Marketing Systems. “(A retro condo) is something different.”

Rennie, whose firm sold market condos in the Woodward’s department store mixed-use redevelopment on the Downtown East Side, says a heritage building’s appeal is all about character. Municipal policies, he adds, will be critical to maintaining developers’ interest in rejuvenating heritage buildings. 

“You can’t take (heritage buildings) away, so as long as the bonus and structure is in place, it incentivizes the developer to do it,” says Rennie. “But with today’s construction costs, we’re going to see that market slowing down, too.” 

However, the slowdown looks like it will arrive slowly – as long as there is adequate supply of properties to redevelop. 

Ward McAllister, the Urban Development Institute’s national president, says the City of Vancouver’s heritage advisory panel is doing a fantastic job of providing an inventory of heritage buildings and encouraging developers to maintain and recycle them. 

“All you have to do is drive through Yaletown and Gastown and wait to see what happens on the Downtown East Side,” says McAllister. “There is a huge amount of acquisitions going on down there right now and that whole area, all of those heritage buildings, will be re-claimed and re-formed and will be fantastic contributors to the overall community.” 

He adds there is massive developer appeal because heritage-building redevelopers know the market and the costs involved. 

But McAllister, also president and CEO of Vancouver-based Ledingham McAllister, a residential, industrial, office and commercial developer, says heritage building redevelopment is not for everyone. “It really is a very segregated market to a very specialized group,” he says. 

Robert Fung of the Vancouver-based Salient Group and Rick Ilich of Richmond-based Townline Homes Inc., are two developers who are taking the specialization test. 

They are both active in the Crosstown neighbourhood, located on the downward sloping north end of Beatty Street – which is within walking distance of Woodward’s, Gastown, Chinatown, the city’s entertainment district and the downtown waterfront. 

“It’s kind of personality-driven,” says Fung about developers’ willingness to specialize in heritage buildings. “I really like these buildings and what they have the potential do in their neighbourhood.” 

He says heritage building redevelopment has become a specialized field because large development companies tend not to get involved with older structures. With a heritage building, he says, construction costs are less predictable because unforeseen issues can emerge during construction, while a brand new building’s costs can be confirmed once a developer signs contracts with builders. 

The planning and construction processes also take longer and developers have to be more “hands-on.” 

As a result, many developers stop working with heritage buildings after one or two projects. 

Heritage redevelopment is highly specialized because it is very different from conventional development, adds city planner Beasley. 

Developers must deal with land uses, height restrictions and other factors that don’t apply to new buildings. 

Fung says the City of Vancouver is the leading jurisdiction in Canada when it comes to providing incentives for redeveloping heritage buildings, and it’s very difficult to work in other municipalities – that’s why Salient works primarily in Vancouver. 

In addition to the Bowman Block, Salient is redeveloping five buildings in three separate projects, including Terminus and Gaolers Mews along Water Street in Gastown; the Flack and Paris buildings on Hastings Street; and the Trapp building, which housed the former Army and Navy department store – and has been vacant for 31 years – at 668 Columbia Street in New Westminster. 

The Trapp site, formerly owned by a family that Fung declined to identify, will contain approximately 75 condos and 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.

Other downtown heritage redevelopment projects include the Jameson House in the 800 block of West Hastings Street, which involves preserving the Ceperley Rounsfell building built in 1921; and retaining the façade of the 1929-era Chamber of Mines building. A new tower will also be built with 10 storeys of commercial space, including shops and a restaurant, and 25 storeys of apartments with underground parking. 

One project just off downtown is the Shaughnessy Mansions redevelopment, at West 15th Avenue and Granville Street, which includes 36 luxury condos. 

Fung says there are many heritage buildings that have the potential to be redeveloped, but several buildings have reached the point where they can’t be refurbished – either because of past criminal activity or the way they were built in the first place. 

Several other family-owned properties have been stalled because their owners have not invested in their redevelopment, and Fung questions how long they can remain vacant before developers prefer to build brand-new buildings instead. 


(Monte Stewart can be reached at

Western Living Magazine: Suite Dreams

March 1st, 2006

Bowman Show Suite 1, pic 2

Western Living Magazine – Suite Dreams

Bowman Block – Everything old is new again in a Crosstown warehouse conversion.

[ BUY THE CONDO ] The Bowman Block, to be completed this fall, is one of the new generation of warehouse conversions in the Downtown Eastside. At 522 Beatty Street in the area now being called Crosstown, it was built in 1906, the first brick building on the block. Now the Salient Group is adding a couple of storeys, for a total of 11, and converting it to 38 lofts, a dozen of them double height. The six penthouse suites have private decks with outdoor fireplaces, and there’s also a communal roof deck with a gas fireplace, gas barbecue and mature trees. Insuite washer and dryer are standard, as are room dividers/TV cabinets (above) in some floor plans. Single-level suites range from 674 to 745 square feet, two-level from 1,147 to 1,285 square feet; $330,000 to $700,000.

[ STEAL THE LOOK ] Another Alda Pereira design, this suite is open plan because (a) it’s a loft and (b) it’s only 732 square feet. Pereira kept the space simple and pared down, aligning the kitchen along one wall to create more living space. Base cabinets are extra deep to provide more storage, allowing upper cabinets to be less- obtrusive open shelving. Cabinets with sliding doors at the back of the counter provide more storage, and a multipurpose stainless steel tabletop swivels on a leg with a caster to act as a bar in the living room or extra work space in the kitchen. A clever shelving unit that defines the bedroom area contains a now-you-see it-now you- don’t TV cabinet. The cable and wiring are on a pivot point so the TV can be rotated to face either the bedroom or the living room.



[ BUY THE CONDO ] The Salient Group, committed to making the Downtown Eastside the sort of heritage area we admire in other cities, has bought five adjacent buildings on Water Street in Gastown. The Terminus project involves converting two of them, the Terminus Hotel and Grand Hotel, into 46 stylish suites. The interiors of both were unsalvageable, but the bricks from the Grand Hotel will be reused and the facades will be restored, influencing the design of the interiors: bay windows on the Terminus side, arched ones on the other. The rooftop lounge will include a spacious deck, a water feature and a fireplace. To be completed in late 2007, sizes range from 619 to 1,619 square feet; $350,00 to $1.5 million (for the largest penthouse).

[ STEAL THE LOOK ]Instead of the standard boxy bathroom found in many condos, Terminus has taken a linear approach. The tub, shower, powder room and laundry are lined up along one wall. They are concealed behind frosted glass doors, which provide privacy while admitting light. The tub, sink and toilet are by Philippe Starck, and floors (throughout the suites) are ribbonlike walnut strand, made of slender strips of laminated wood.


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