While some local bars are carving custom ice to up their game, others are infusing ice with creative flavours and ingredients. Welcome to the world of artisanal ice cubes.

Helmed by executive chef Hector Laguna, Botanist presents seasonal Pacific Northwestern ingredients with respect and sophistication.

Open as of August 2016 and designed by Vancouver architect James K. M. Cheng—one of the godfathers of Vancouverism as an architectural style—the suites incorporate elements of contemporary European design (hello, merlot-hued Ico Parisi–inspired sofa) with localized touches.

Some weeks before the opening of the new Fairmont Pacific Rim, two people happened to be standing on the sidewalk, looking up at the façade. Wrapped around a corner of the downtown Vancouver skyscraper are letters forming a long sentence that’s repeated on floors five to 22 of the 48-storey structure: “lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when i was lying on the street.”