The Keefer Awarded The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture

135 Keefer St., recently named one of 2010's best new hotels by Condé Nast Publications, has been awarded a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture and is featured in the July issue of Azure Magazine.

It’s an intelligent re-use of space. It’s unassuming and really engaging.

Clever and provocative... the lack of detail is compelling. The blending of old and new is very nice.

There’s a very limited amount of space because its very narrow... it has a European scale in that sense. It’s amazing what they have been able to do with it. It’s a historical building but also modern in the integration of the elements. This shows what can be done as a alternative to knocking down buildings
— Jury Comments

Case Study 547 Wins the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Merit in Architecture

The limited series of interventions made in this small living space are thoughtful and consistently well crafted. The rotating blackboard/storage wall is intriguing in the manner in which it rotates to alter the relationship between adjacent spaces.

What is most compelling though, is the critical and exploratory nature of this project. There is evidence, both in the project’s evolution and ultimate realization, of a critical thought process regarding larger issues within architectural culture. It seems obvious that the architect has asked questions about how we live, or have lived, in small urban spaces and how these spaces can be reinterpreted within the context of our contemporary culture. This project offers many valuable lessons.
— Jury Comments