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"Lying on top of a building, the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street." Those words, from U.K. artist Liam Gillick, are writ large across the facade of the new James K.M. Cheng-designed Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. While their meaning may be obscure, they do make one thing very clear: the ultramodern hotel is a departure for the typically white-gloved Fairmont chain, known for buttoned-up beauties such as the Plaza in New York City and the Savoy in London. Read full article