Shangri-La, Vancouveri

Vancouver, BC
Project Size
665,000 sf
James KM Cheng Architects
Interior Design
B+H CHIL Design with
James KM Cheng Architects
Box Interior Design Inc.
Landscape Architect
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg


A number of our buildings have had a significant impact on Vancouver's skyline. No more so than Shangri-La Vancouver.

Standing a third taller than the next tallest tower at 646 feet, Shangri-la Vancouver was a huge team effort over seven years from design to completion.

Located on Vancouver's most ceremonial street, Shangri-La Vancouver is an extraordinary contribution to unique civic space in the city, and a signature building to the downtown skyline, celebrating art, history and innovative design, and home to MARKET by Jean-Georges, the world-famous CHI Spa, and the Xishi Lounge.

The full-height grids of luminescent panels on the corner façades are proprietary to this project. 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 colour 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 curtainwall skin behind. They require no wiring and consume no energy.

Offsite is the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor exhibition space in the heart of urban Vancouver, featuring a program of rotating projects. Located in downtown at the foot of the Shangri-La development, Offsite serves as a hub for local and international contemporary artists to explore issues related to the surrounding urban context.



Gala Opening
Apr 13. 2009

A traditional Buddhist blessing ceremony was held at the opening of Shangri-La Vancouver where Tsengdok Rinpoche and other guest monks chanted blessings and played traditional dunchen (long horns). The culmination of the ceremony was the unveiling of the Chinese guardian lions at the front entrance and the dotting of their eyes to begin their guard.

Mar 07. 2005

When I look back at Shangri-La Vancouver, the most difficult aspect was actually constructing it. The construction industry throughout North America was stretched thin and labour and material costs were climbing at an unprecedented rate.

Sales Opening Event
Sep 04. 2004

Easily the most elaborate sales launch we have conducted was Shangri-La Vancouver. It was highly successful, with the bulk of the building selling within the first month. Buyers were attracted to the height, views, location and living on top of one of Canada’s finest hotels.

We celebrated the unique culture of Shangri-La and it resonated with Vancouver’s multicultural population.

Public Art

For Everyone a Sunset
Time To Let Go...

Vancouver-Based artist Babak Golkar will presented several large terracotta pots at Offsite

“Shangri-la, The Paradise”
From Dusk to Dawn

Mark Lewis’ silent moving images use the formalist language of cinema to explore the experience of urban environments in various parts of the world.


Made from a seemingly random selection of materials sourced from nearby construction sites, Shanghai-based artist collective MadeIn Company’s installation at Offsite prompts us to think about perception.

Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in Studio at Night
Hand Vote

Ezawa’s large-scale wooden tableau pictures a group of people raising their hands to vote in what appears to be a town hall meeting.

From Shangri-La to Shangri-La

Artist Ken Lum constructed scale replicas of three squatter’s shacks. Propped up on stilts over the surface of the Offsite reflecting pool, the sculptural huts strike a sharp contrast in the context of surrounding downtown architecture.


For Offsite, Plaza was created by Heather and Ivan Morison, a pavilion which hovers between sculpture and architecture.