Shangri-La Toronto

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Shangri-La Toronto
Shangri-La under construction March 2012.jpg
Shangri-La Toronto under construction in June 2011
General information
Status Opened
Type Hotel, Condominium, Retail
Location 180 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°38′56″N 79°23′10″W / 43.649°N 79.386°W / 43.649; -79.386Coordinates: 43°38′56″N 79°23′10″W / 43.649°N 79.386°W / 43.649; -79.386
Construction started February 2008
Estimated completion

Topping out: April 2012

Completion: July 2012
Opening October 2012
Roof 214 m (702 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 65
Floor area 81,129 m2 (873,270 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 6
Design and construction
Architect James KM Cheng
Developer Westbank Projects Corp.
Other information
Number of units 334

Shangri-La Toronto is a hotel and condominium tower in downtown Toronto, Canada. It was designed by Vancouver based architect James KM Cheng and was built by Westbank Projects Corp. This is the same team that was responsible for building the 201m Living Shangri-La, the tallest building in Vancouver as well as a number of other structures in that city. Shangri-La Toronto is 214 meters tall, and is one of the ten tallest buildings in Toronto. The hotel component is run by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and is planned to have 202 guest rooms. The condominium portion occupies the upper floors of the building and consist of 353 units. Excavation of the site started in 2008, and work on the parking garage began in early 2009.

The excavation for Shangri-La is one of the deepest in Toronto history

The Toronto Shangri-La is located on University Avenue and Adelaide Street, in an area just west of the Financial District that has seen rapid growth in recent years. The site was previously home to a number of smaller structures, most notable the historic Bishop's Block. The Bishop's Block was built in the 1830s by John Bishop who built a series of Georgian row houses on the site and developed it as a high end residential district. One of the first residents was author Anna Brownell Jameson.

Most of the buildings were eventually torn down and replaced with a large parking lot. The one exception a structure that served as one of the city's first hotels and then as a pub for many decades. It too was abandoned for several decades, but as a heritage structure was not torn down. This building was disassembled for the construction of Shangri-La, but the developers have pledged to rebuild and restore the Bishop's Block as part of the project. Prior to excavation the site was the subject to several months of archaeological exploration, and many artifacts from the city's early history were found. Shangri-La was the second deepest excavation for a building in Canada's history at 102 ft (31 m), with only Scotia Plaza being deeper. This was done to create an 8 level below grade parking garage.

On January 23, 2013 a pane of glass from an upper floor fell and resulted in the partial closure of streets nearby.[1]

On September 10, 2013, a man in his 50s was injured Tuesday after falling glass from the Shangri-La Hotel landed on him. [2]

On November 24, 2013, a balcony panel fell from the 23rd floor. [3]

On July 17, 2014, southbound lanes of University Avenue at Richmond Street have been closed after glass fell. [4]


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