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Demolition of Empire Landmark Hotel captured in time-lapse video

A new time-lapse video of the demolition of the Empire Landmark Hotel chronicles its step-by-step disappearance from the skyline.

Video: Empire Landmark hotel demolition

The hotel was demolished using the Brokk method, a demolition robot that works in confined spaces with minimal noise, vibration and dust. The building was demolished floor-by-floor over the course of a year, beginning in late April 2018.

The 1970s-era, 42-storey hotel was a fixture of downtown Vancouver’s skyline for decades, as one of the tallest buildings in the West End. It included a revolving restaurant at the top of the building, known as Cloud 9.

Cloud 9 revolving restaurant
Cloud 9 revolving restaurant. Credit: Facebook
Sheraton Landmark construction
Sheraton Landmark hotel under construction, between 1972-1974. Credit: City of Vancouver archives

In 2016, developer Asia Standard Americas announced it planned to demolish the hotel to make way for two condo towers, known as Landmark on Robson.

The new building will include 223 condominium units, as well as 57 social housing units. There will also be ground floor retail and office space in the podium.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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