Acton Ostry Architects

Terminus + Grand combines two heritage buildings located in Vancouver's historic Gastown into a single mixed-use residential development. The original Terminus Hotel was built in 1901 and the original Grand Hotel was built in 1889, three years after the Great Fire devastated Gastown in 1886. The project is part of a complex, three phase redevelopment where five adjacent heritage buildings were restored, rehabilitated and added onto in order to double the residential density. The new additions are generally located above and set back from the facades of the heritage buildings. The innovative revitalization successfully transforms an under-utilized piece of historic fabric into a vibrant, contemporary quarter for living, working, socializing and commerce.


Terminus + Grand


Vancouver, BC


The Salient Group




5,250 m2


residential addition set back above


LEED Gold equivalent
SABMag Green Building Award

awards & recognition

Heritage Canada National Trust Award

Heritage BC Outstanding Achievement Award
City of Vancouver Heritage Award

Lieutenant Governor of BC Medal
Sustainable Architecture & Building Green Award

Interior Design Institute of British Columbia Award


heritage facade restoration

Terminus + Grand distinguishes itself with a masterful resolution of multiple complex problems, including heritage preservation, adaptive reuse, authorities, urban planning issues and seismic upgrading. What impressed the jury is how all of these elements are integrated—while retaining the historic character of the site.

Lieutenant Governor Awards


salvaged pressed-tin panels


heritage bay window


narrow loft unit


linear bathroom


Terminus and Grand hotels c. 1929


contemporary residential addition


contemporary residential addition


Gastown skyline


shared rooftop amenity


Blood Alley

The small exquisite interior spaces—only three metres wide—feel larger. The design makes effective use of natural light and thermal mass, geothermal heating, high efficiency heat pumps and salvaged building materials.

Sustainable Architecture & Building Green Awards