KPMB Architects, with Studio Munge and Oxford Properties, also redesigned the guest experience, including the lobby, dining spaces, rooftop bar, conference centre, ballroom, and spa.
The transformation re-envisions the spatial sequencing of the hotel and residences, including structural changes, such as reconstructed links between the north and south Towers, and a reconfigured elevator core with a custom profiled metal panel cladding in a bronze finish. The new layout provides a fluid guest experience.
Upon entry, guests can visit Joni, a restaurant in the reconstructed centre podium. What once was a low-ceilinged lobby, the double-height, ellipse-shaped restaurant and bar is bookended by a feature black staircase to the south and a fireplace to the north. Comfort and privacy are enhanced by eight-foot-tall wood louvers, shielding the lights of passing vehicles in the new car court, while maintaining connectivity to the neighbourhood.
The third floor of the new podium features a new, ballroom and skylit pre-function spaces with large windows providing views of the city.
The 17th floor rooftop bar has been expanded to re-establish its prominence as a social and cultural destination. Guests are treated to views of the city and a redesigned and expanded rooftop terrace, with a contemporary material palette.
Our design preserves the heritage of the site while creating a forward-looking hotel experience that reflects Toronto’s place as one of the most global cities in the world.Andrew Dyke, Partner, KPMB Architects