Body of Work

Shangri-La, Vancouver

Vancouver, BC
James KM Cheng Architects
Landscape Architect
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
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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.

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