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.