Shangri-La Vancouver

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Height: Architectural 200.9 m / 659 ft
Height: Occupied 188.5 m / 619 ft
Height: To Tip 200.9 m / 659 ft
Floors Above Ground 59
Floors Below Ground 7
# of Elevators 13
Tower GFA 61,300 m² / 659,828 ft²
# of Apartments 300
# of Hotel Rooms 119


Official Name Shangri-La Vancouver
Other Names Living Shangri-La
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Canada
City Vancouver
Street Address & Map 1128 West Georgia Street
Postal Code V6E 0A8
Building Function residential / hotel / office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2002
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2009
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Regional Ranking #254 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #32 Tallest in Canada
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Vancouver

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer KBK #1 Ventures Ltd.
Design James KM Cheng Architects
Architect of Record Dawn Guspie
Structural Engineer
Design Jones Kwong Kishi Consulting
MEP Engineer
Design Sterling, Cooper & Associates
Main Contractor Ledcor Construction Limited
Other Consultant
• Vertical Transportation Fujitec America, Inc.
• Wind RWDI

About Shangri-La Vancouver

The site of Shangri-La Vancouver is located in a transitional area between the central business district and a predominantly residential area to the west. Although a mixed-use building reflects this transition, the tower design de-emphasizes the different uses to present a unified, restrained language.

The site is significant, being one of only two downtown properties where a tower development could be located outside all restrictive city view cones, and thus qualify for the maximum discretionary height increase. These view cones preserve views of the local North Shore Mountains from various strategic vantage points around Vancouver. The view cone boundary cuts diagonally across the eastern side of the lot, restricting the tower to the eastern corner. Respecting that diagonal view cone line was the main influence on the tower’s wedge-shaped form.

Of the 121m (396ft) long site, only the eastern most 30m (100ft) could be developed to full height. This allowed for an extensive podium and plaza complex to be constructed. To animate the street front around the tower, substantial amenity space has been built facing outward toward the street to engage the pedestrian. The space includes a spa, retail tenancies, and a public art site. A “bamboo grove” was planted along an outdoor stair which leads to additional upper level restaurant space. Green roofs are planted on the podium roofs as well as two private roof gardens for use by the residents of the tower.

The corner façades present a formal appearance of floating glass planes, animated by a pattern of square luminescent panels off-set from the glass skin. They are a composite comprised of a luminescent coating, chromatic film and textured glass that absorb energy from daylight and surrounding light sources and then glow from that energy in the evening. They change color when viewed from different vantage points and under different weather conditions. These luminescent grids are intended as veils, held off the glass surface on the corner façades and in practical terms, they conceal the building exhaust vents in the curtain wall skin behind. They required no wiring and consume no energy.

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