Shangri-la Hotel and Residences at the Fort



Manila, Philippines

Project Completion Date

August 2014

Project Type

Light House Services

Visioning Workshop Facilitation


Cobalt Engineering for Shangri-La International Management Ltd





Design Team

Project Summary

Working closely with Cobalt Engineering, Light House prepared and delivered a one-day visioning workshop for staff and consultants for a new hotel and residences complex in the Fort Bonifacio area of Manila (site of the former William MacKinley US military base). With 60 storeys, comprising 544 guestrooms, 146 long-stay residences and 89 exclusive Horizon Homes, the building is destined to become a Manila landmark. The team recognized the value of wood in communicating the warmth, luxury and durability of the Shangri-la experience. The project goals included the use of wood solely sourced from certified sustainable forests. Opening in 2014, the project is a pilot for roughly 40 new hotels to be built around the world in the next 5 years. Light House led the session comprising 30 executives and project leaders, defining project goals, gaining commitment across all groups for environmental improvements and summarizing session outcomes in a concise report to be shared across the organization. The international caliber design and construction team were drawn from across North America and Asia. The architects are New York-based Gary Handel LLP and interior designers are Hirsch Bedner Associates from Los Angeles.