Vancouver, City of Concrete and Glass

Shangri-La Vancouver

Living Shangri-La (first in North America)

Shot through my damp windshield as we drove through downtown Vancouver on a rainy and rather dreary (but not snowy, thank goodness) Thursday, January 2, 2014.

At 1128 West Georgia Street, we passed the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, which, at 659 feet or 62 storeys1, is currently the tallest skyscraper in Vancouver. To think that, less than 20 years ago, The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, with its revolving private event space3 at the top, was one of the most identifiable buildings by the harbour! (It has since been eclipsed by not one, by two convention centres — Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre, and most recently, the Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront).

I always feel a sense of claustrophobia and imbalance with the dizzying infinities that buildings of this height seem to convey.

Apparently we are to get two more monoliths this year: Trump Tower/Vancouver’s Turn (617 ft) and Telus Gardens (577 ft)2. Is Vancouver becoming the Manhattan of the West Coast, or what?

Source Credits:

1 Living Shangri-La (
List of tallest buildings in Vancouver (
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside (


2 thoughts on “Vancouver, City of Concrete and Glass

    • it’s pretty scary to see more gray than green these days. we still have lots of green — for the moment, and it’s always nice to be able to take advantage of a nice day to enjoy the trees, mountains and rivers!


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