Energy-efficient glass shines on Vancouver’s

tallest tower

e-glass weekly October 9, 2009

“The language of that curtain wall face is a ‘veil’ that extends past the full height of the tower and cantilevers vertically at the roof. These two ‘clear’ faces of the tower are studded with square accents of luminescent panels.”— Ly Tang, architect, James KM Cheng Architects.

The basics: The Shangri-La tower, a 62-story glass-clad mixed-use skyscraper, stands as the highest building in Vancouver. It contains a five-star hotel, offices and condominiums as well as retail space and a public outdoor garden, and features glass that optimizes solar heat gain reduction and light transmission. An energy model determined that the glass outperformed the city of Vancouver’s energy standards and helped qualify the project to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements, according to a release from Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich. Shangri-La is set to open this year in time for the 2010 Olympics.

The players: Architect, James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver; glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich.; select glass fabricator, Garibaldi Glass, Burnaby, British Columbia; contract glaziers, Advanced Glazing Systems Ltd., Burnaby, British Columbia, and Inland Glass & Aluminum, Kamloops, British Columbia.

The glass: The exterior glass features Guardian SunGuard Neutral 50 on clear, Neutral 61, on clear as well as SN 68 on clear.

This project won a 2009 Crystal Achievement Award for Most innovative curtain wall component.


Photo by Kent Kallberg, Kallberg Studios, Langley, British Columbia