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Living Shangri-La

Living Shangri-La
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel, Residential, Office
Location 1128 West Georgia Street
Construction started 2005
Completed 2008
Cost CDN$ 350 million
Antenna spire 201 m (659 ft)[1]
Roof 197 m (646 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 62
Floor area 64,692 square metres (696,339 sq ft)[2]
Design and construction
Architect James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.[1]
Developer Westbank Projects Corp.[2]
Shangri-la Hotel, Vancouver
General information
Opening January 24, 2009
Management Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Technical details
Floor count 62
Design and construction
Developer Peterson Investment Group & Westbank Projects Corp.
Other information
Number of rooms 119
Official Site
North America's first Shangri-la property.

Living Shangri-la is a mixed-use skyscraper in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is the tallest building in both Metro Vancouver and British Columbia. The 62-storey Shangri-La tower contains a 5-star hotel and its offices on the first 15-floors, with condominium apartment units occupying the rest of the tower.[1] The building's podium complex also includes a spa, Urban Fare specialty grocery store, a Vancouver Art Gallery public display, and a curated public sculpture garden. The high-rise stands 201 m (659 ft) tall[1] and there is a private roof garden on floor 61. It is the 22nd tallest building in Canada.

As part of the development deal, the Coastal Church, built in 1919 and located at the west end of the site, is undergoing a $4.4 million restoration.[1]


The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is a new full-service hotel that is part of the building. It is a member of the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts chain, and is Shangri-La's first North American property. The hotel occupies floors Ground to 15, and 119 rooms (including a Presidential Suite on the 15th floor) from the ground to the 15th floor. There is no 4th or 13th floor. The hotel includes 5-star services such as restaurants, shops, and CHI The Spa at Shangri-La.[1]


Living Shangri-La also contains 307 residential units, consisting of 234 general live-work homes on floors 16 to 43 and 63 private access residential units on floors 44-60 with three penthouses on floor 61.


The project required 3.1 million man-hours of employment, 15,000 truckloads of earth excavated, 51,000 cubic metres of concrete, and 7,000 tons of reinforcing steel. During the height of construction activity 1,000 workers were on site constructing 1 floor per week. The Shangri-La set Vancouver's record for the deepest excavation of 26 m (85 ft), defeating the past record of 23 m (75 ft) set by the One Wall Centre and also it has officially become the tallest building in Vancouver since October 2, 2007.[1] The total cost of this building was near CDN$350 million. The tower crane on top of the building was fitted with Christmas lights on November 13 and thus was the tallest crane illuminated in the city of Vancouver in 2007.[1]

A windstorm on January 15, 2008 caused loose construction materials to blow off the building and into the streets below. Parked vehicles were damaged by falling plywood, but there were no injuries. The neighbouring [3]

The development was marketed by Bob Rennie of Rennie Marketing Systems.[4]

Cultural references

The building was featured in the 2010 film Tron: Legacy as the headquarters of the fictional company ENCOM International.


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Living Shangri-La". Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Living Shangri-La". Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Vancouver wants answers on windstorm damage". CBC News. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  4. ^ O'Grady, Matt (2008-04-01). "The Secret Passion of Bob Rennie". Vancouver Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 

External links

  • Official Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver Website
  • article on the Living Shangri-La Tower
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