Creative Retail
And Workspace

One of the many things that distinguish our practice is this idea that we are ever evolving.

Our growing interest in the future of workspace is leading us to build a critical mass in this area, with over 3 million sf of office currently under development.

We want to continue growing in this area because we believe we bring a different perspective. Workspace, like your home or your hotel should inspire your team, and your clients as well as communicate your firm’s values.

Our retail is another example, where we are constantly renovating our hotels and retail spaces to create more interesting, unique and inspiring offerings. Our hotels are one of the best examples of this. We are thrilled to now be conducting a significant remodel of the podium of the Shangri-La Vancouver, which will be unveiled this spring. On that point, we are now designing new rooms for the Pacific Rim, a permanent pop up retail experience, a new Taschen bookstore, a second floor retail boutique, a new florist, a new Giovane, a new wedding and exhibition pavilion and that’s in addition to the redesign of the new hotel restaurant Botanist and the renovation of the Lobby Lounge, the creation of the Bicycle Carousel and the renovation of the Gold Lounge in the past two years.

In Toronto at SoHo House we have just renovated our current location next to our Shangri-La Toronto project and are about to expand with a second location. At Momofuku – we redesigned the third story called Kōjin in the Shangri-La Toronto last year and we are now developing a new Momofuku Noodle Bar restaurant in Toronto at Mirvish Village in addition to a new public market with dozens of food vendors.

In Vancouver, we are creating a new restaurant to be called MARKETPLACE ON 3rd, in an expanded third floor at Shangri-La Vancouver, a new Giovane Cafe at Pacific Rim, a new Kaiseki restaurant under development at 1550 Alberni, (in partnership with the Two Michelin-Starred Waketokuyama in Tokyo), a new Momofuku Noodle Bar at Vancouver House, as well as two new restaurants and a music venue at Blood Alley.

The idea tying all of these projects together is all of these initiatives, art, music, fashion, wellness, dance, energy, food… form part of a body of work we are creating in the hope of inspiring others.

To date in these core cities of focus, we have either completed or under development over 3 million sf of workspace and completed or under development over 2 million sf of retail.

Over the past three decades Westbank has built a practice around long-term commitments to artistry, sustainability and city-building.

These commitments and our passion to set a higher standard has led us to create transformative projects for the cities in which we practise. Established in 1992, Westbank is active across Canada and in the United States, with projects including residential, hotels, retail, office, rental, district energy, affordable housing and public art. Today, we are one of North America’s leading developers, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Hong Kong, Seattle and Tokyo, and over 25 billion dollars of projects completed or under development.

At this point in the history of our practice we are choosing to be selective, even curatorial in our approach, in order to focus our attention on transformative projects, with the potential to move the needle in the cities we have chosen to make our mark in — Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, San Francisco, and
San Jose.

In Toronto at SoHo House we have just renovated our current location next to our Shangri-La Toronto project and are about to expand with a second location. At Momofuku – we redesigned the third story called Kōjin in the Shangri-La

Toronto last year and we are now developing a new Momofuku Noodle Bar restaurant in Toronto at Mirvish Village in addition to a new public market with dozens of food vendors.

In Vancouver, we are creating a new restaurant to be called MARKETPLACE ON 3rd, in an expanded third floor at Shangri-La Vancouver, a new Giovane Cafe at Pacific Rim, a new Kaiseki restaurant under development at 1550 Alberni, (in partnership with the Two Michelin-Starred Waketokuyama in Tokyo), a new Momofuku Noodle Bar at Vancouver House, as well as two new restaurants and a music venue at Blood Alley.

The idea tying all of these projects together is all of these initiatives, art, music, fashion, wellness, dance, energy, food… form part of a body of work we are creating in the hope of inspiring others.

To date in these core cities of focus, we have either completed or under development over 3 million sf of workspace completed or under development and over 2 million sf of retail.

In a very short period of time, we have seen the cities in which we practice evolve towards economies dominated by a number of emerging industries that are loosely defined as the creative economy.

However, the built environment has been reactive and often too slow, forcing tenants to make do with whatever premises are available. Starting with TELUS Garden in Vancouver, we have been attempting to respond to the changing demands of this new sector of the economy. The way we build workspaces today should in no way resemble how workspaces were built 20 years ago. With each project we are attempting to challenge the impediments to the creation of flexible, creative workspace and produce something that responds in much shorter time, to our society’s changing needs.

We do not think our ambitions should stop at a creative design, but rather we should exercise the depth and the rigour in our work to maintain a high degree of artistry throughout the entire process. This was the impetus and inspiration for Westbank Creative Workspace — with each new project we taking the concept of the traditional commercial real estate portfolio and transforming it into something that we hope will be able to serve us and future generations better, as our economy continues to grow and evolve.