What is the design style of Pan Pacific Vancouver?

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Carolyn B. Heller

The Pan Pacific Vancouver was built in 1986 as part of Canada Place, a development that includes the city’s main cruise ship terminal and the east building of the Vancouver Convention Centre. The design of this contemporary 23-storey tower takes its inspiration from the waterfront setting, with a smooth, silver-toned exterior that makes the building look something like a cruise ship itself. The open atrium-style lobby, where the main restaurant and lounge are located, has a soaring wall of windows that faces the harbor and nearby mountains. Five Sails, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant (named for the landmark white sails that adorn Canada Place), is cantilevered out over the lobby with more windows overlooking the waterfront. The design of the guest rooms continues the maritime theme, with modern maple furniture and nautical dark-blue stripes trimming the white duvets and pillowcases.

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