Vancouver, British Columbia


Program: A five-story, 18,800-square-foot extended-stay hotel in Vancouver's historic Chinatown. Adapted from a 1910 masonry and timber warehouse that once housed the Vancouver Gas Company, the project includes a ground-floor restaurant and three full-floor suites in the existing shell, plus a newly constructed fifth-floor suite with an enclosed courtyard and a roof deck with a lap pool. 

Design concept and solution: With an interest in urban densification, Gair Williamson aimed to preserve a part of Chinatown's heritage through a design that reveals each stage in the building's life. The architects retained the masonry shell and inserted three full-floor suites above the lobby. They shrank the width of the light well to gain floor space in the narrow building, using gray stucco for the new expanse of exterior wall. Clad in the same stucco and recessed from street, the new fifth floor forms a "T" with the new wall, so that these additions appear to rise from within the building and differentiate the new from the old. Inside the suites, Gair Williamson inserted balconies into the remaining light well. Sliding glass walls and doors allow guests to either open the balcony to the outdoors or open it to the kitchen, so that it functions as an exposed balcony in the summer and a usable dining area in the winter.

Gair Williamson Architects
219 – 209 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
t.  604-648-2626
f.  604-684-2656

Location:135 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC, Canada

Completion Date: December 2009

Total construction cost: $6.5 million


Cam Watt
Tel:  604-831-8183  

Gair Williamson Architects
219 – 209 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
t.  604-648-2626
f.  604-684-2656

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record
Gair Williamson, MAIBC

Associate architect(s)
PROJECT Architect:  Chris Woodford, MAIBC

Additional Project Designers:  Tiphaine Masioneuve-Lebrec, Elizabeth Powell (registered architects)

Interior designer:
Gair Williamson Architects

Structural: John Bryson and Partners

Mechanical: Jade West Engineering Co. ltd.

Electrical: SML Consultants Group ltd.

Building Envelope:  BC Building Sciences

Geotechnical: GEO Pacific

Heritage: Don Luxton Associates

Acoustical: Brown Strachan Associates

Security: Citilock

Pool Specialist: Stevens Pool Ltd.

Hardware: McGregor & Thompson

General contractor:
Heatherbrae Buliders

Ed White
Tel.  604-267-7547

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
AutoCAD 2004, Sketchup, Revit 2006



Structural system:
Steel:  JJL Serka Steel Ltd.

Exterior cladding
Restoration of Original Heritage Facade Metal Panels:  Link

New Aluminum Panels:  Quest Metals

New Curtainwall/ Window Wall:  Prestige Glazing

Soprema Roofing

Wood Windows
Original wood windows either refurbished or replaced:  Vintage Woodworks

New wood framed windows:  Jeld Wen Windows



Glass Handrails:
B3 Glass

Metal doors:
Pestige Glazing

Bi-Folding Aluminum doors:

CP Distributors

Interior finishes
Kitchen/ Bathroom Cabinets: Bulthaup

Paints and stains:
Benjamin Moore

All original Artwork by Douglas Coupland

Custom Wood Dining Room Tables:  Nathan Wiens, (Designer/ Carpenter)

Feature Lighting Fixtures:  Livingspace

Elevators/Escalators: Richmond Elevator

Bathroom Accessories (taps, shower heads, etc.):  Blu

Kitchen Appliances:  Miele