Inspired by the legendary land featured in James Hiltons 1933 novel, Lost Horizon, the name Shangri-La signifies the serenity and service for which Shangri-La hotels and resorts are renowned worldwide. Today, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is Asia Pacifics leading luxury hotel group and is also regarded as one of the world’s finest hotel ownership and management companies. With 72 hotels and resorts throughout Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East, and Europe, the Shangri-La group has a room inventory of over 30,000.

Complementing the company’s five existing properties in the Philippines, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning to open another upscale property, the Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila. The newly planned mixed-use business, residential and retail tower, located along Fifth Avenue and 30th, within Fort Bonifacio, the former military base and city centre in Taguig business district is planned to be open in mid to late 2014. The hotel building, which is destined to become a Manila landmark hotel will feature 62 stories, 8-level podiums, 4 basements, 577 hotel guestrooms, 97 hotel residences and 96 exclusive Horizon Homes.

US-based HANDEL Architects LLP and Hirsch Bedner Associates have been selected as architects and interior designers, respectively for hotel guestrooms, hotel residences and the main public spaces, while Sy^2 + Associates Inc., Philippines will be handling the structural aspects. Assisting its client Sy^2 + Associates Inc., AIT Consulting will be conducting the Performance-Based Design Review of the 229.3 m building through the use of state-of-the-art analyses tools and procedures with special emphasis on the effects due to earthquakes. This project serves as the second project for a Shangri-La property, as in mid-2011, AIT Consulting had also conducted Performance Based Design Review of One Shangri-La Place Ortigas Building, located in Ortigas, Manila.