Living Shangri-la is a mixed-use skyscraper in Downtown Vancouver and is the tallest building in Metro Vancouver. The new 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. 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 and a private roof garden will be constructed on floor 61. It is the 14th 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.

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.

Living Shangri-La also contains 307 residential units, consisting of 234 general live-work homes are 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. 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. 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 Terasen Gas building also sustained damage in the storm. Police closed off West Georgia Street for over twelve hours.


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