The concept of Shangri-La has come to mean a sort of mythical, heavenly place, it was originally conceived as a location on Earth. In the 1933 novel Lost Horizon, author James Hilton described an isolated valley where the inhabitants lived unnaturally long lives in harmony with nature. Though a fictional invention, Shangri-La is thought to have been influenced by the mythological kingdom of Shambhala – believed in Hindu and Buddhist tradition to be a land of perfect peace, tranquility, and happiness.

For most architects graphic representation is notional, technical, or illustrative and mainly used as an analytical tool to record design intentions. I consider drawing more as a way of exploring the physical and psychological state of inclusion, suggesting that buildings can be fragmentary and ambiguous, as opposed to conventionally functional and determinate.
—  James Wines, “On Drawing,” c. 2000