Established in 1992, Westbank is one of North America’s leading developers, with over $12 billion of real estate projects constructed or currently under development. Leading Westbank’s list of city-changing projects are the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Shaw Tower, the Woodward’s redevelopment, both Toronto and Vancouver Shangri-La Hotels, and TELUS Garden (to be one of the world’s first LEED platinum office towers). Westbank projects have consistently led their markets because of design innovation – the creation of value through ideas. Westbank is active across Canada and in the United States, and applies its expertise to a variety of markets: luxury residential, Five Star hotels, retail, office, rental suites, and even district energy systems. The core of Westbank’s mission is to create a body of work with a high degree of artistry that improves the cities where we practice.
Luxury Hotels Developed by Westbank
Over the last few years, Westbank has developed Canada’s three leading hotels. Rather than taking a typical formulaic approach, Westbank has forged a new path to the luxury hotel business, from designing uniforms to curating the music, to customizing the Fazioli pianos, and the integration of commissioned art by some of the world’s most accomplished artists. Each hotel has its own identity and continues to constantly change and delight its guests. In 2013, Wallpaper Magazine chose Shangri-La Toronto as the Best Urban Hotel in the world, and Travel + Leisure ranked Fairmont Pacific Rim as the Top City Hotel in Canada.
Ranked #1 in Canada
Fairmont Pacific Rim
The Fairmont Pacific Rim fuses the luxury brand of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts with Westbank’s reputation for quality design and construction. This property consists of a world-class 377-room Fairmont Hotel topped by 175 luxury residential homes with unparalleled views, having full access to hotel amenities and services such as room service, ORU and Giovane restaurants, the Lobby Lounge, and Willow Stream Spa. With a floor area larger than Vancouver’s expanded trade and convention centre across the street, this is the largest building ever constructed within the city of Vancouver’s boundaries. Opened for the 2010 Winter Olympics, it has gone on to receive awards as the country’s best hotel.
AAA 5 Diamond Award
Located on Georgia Street, Vancouver’s most prominent ceremonial street, Shangri-La Vancouver is the city’s tallest building and an extraordinary contribution to unique civic space. A bold addition to the downtown skyline, the James Cheng design sets a standard for urban sophistication, with its sculptural lower floors being home to MARKET by Jean-Georges, the CHI spa, restaurants and lounges. The wide expanse of curtain- wall glass on James Cheng’s elevations features a grid of lifted luminescent panels. These panels change colour when viewed from different vantage points and under varying weather conditions, serving as gossamer-like veils that need no wiring or energy supply.
Best Urban Hotel in the World
Extending the Shangri-La luxury hotel brand to Canada’s largest city, this 873,000 square foot development is at an ideal location on University Avenue, between the entertainment and shopping opportunities of King and Queen Street and Canada’s financial and head office core. For its first Toronto project, Westbank arrived in the grandest of style with a 705 foot tower combining one of the city’s first Five Star hotels with luxury residential condos. Restaurants (including the only Canadian outlet of David Chang’s Momofuku) and lounges are located within a glass podium along the boulevard of University Avenue. The 67-storey tower has a series of subtle folded planes picking up the diversity of its context, and the tower aligns directly with the Queen’s Park Legislative Building, establishing a new power axis in Canada’s largest city.