James KM Cheng & Adeline Lai

James KM Cheng & Adeline Lai
Forest Screen
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2010
  • Born in Hong Kong
  • Education - attended University of Washington and Harvard Graduate School of Design where he obtained his Master of Architecture
  • Apprenticed under Arthur Erickson
  • Most reputable for his green glass condominium towers in Vancouver, British Columbia
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Designed by James KM Cheng, the building architect, this screen employs patented technology and comprises 9,500 square feet of stainless steel.

A photograph of North Vancouver’s majestic rainforest informed the perforated steel screen that graces the south western façade of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Through thousands of texturally rich perforations, bumps and dimples, the perforated steel creates an illusion of trees and light. Spectators may marvel at these majestic trees then step outside and experience the artful transformation. Best viewed from the south side of Cordova Street.