Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

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Height: Architectural 140.3 m / 460 ft
Height: Occupied 136.4 m / 448 ft
Height: To Tip 140.3 m / 460 ft
Floors Above Ground 46
Floors Below Ground 7
Tower GFA 75,997 m² / 818,025 ft²
# of Apartments 175
# of Hotel Rooms 415
# of Parking Spaces 522


Official Name Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Canada
City Vancouver
Street Address & Map 1011 West Cordova Street
Postal Code V6C 0B9
Building Function residential / hotel
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2006
Completion 2010

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Peterson Investment Group Inc.; Westbank Projects Corporation
Design James KM Cheng Architects
Structural Engineer
Design Jones Kwong Kishi Consulting
MEP Engineer
Design Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.; Sterling, Cooper & Associates
Other Consultant
• Wind Gradient Wind Engineering Inc.

About Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

The mixed-used characteristics of the building are reflected in the bold architectural expression of the east and south façades, articulated by the subtle treatment of balconies and slab edges and further differentiated by the integration of a public art installation on the lower hotel. Vancouver’s Public Art Program requires every project that is re-zoned over 9,300 sq m (100,000 sq ft) to contribute to a public art process approved by the City. This is the first time that artwork has been integrated onto the building façades and can be interpreted as part of the elevation.

The public artwork by British artist Liam Gillick wraps around the south and east faces in a repeated line of running text with no spacing between words or punctuation: Lyingontopofthebuilding…Lyingontopofthebuilding…Lyingontopofthebuilding…thecloudslooknonearerthanwheniwaslyingonthestreet
The 61cm (2ft) stainless steel letters were strategically placed to interplay with the architectural expression and its materiality reflects the ambient lighting condition and surrounding color. Such “codependence” between art and architecture is a bold and unique attempt at this scale.

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