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Old January 26th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #401
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Old January 31st, 2010, 06:12 PM   #402
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Any recent pics out there ???
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Old January 31st, 2010, 07:07 PM   #403
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This is the most recent picture from the Toronto forum.

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Old January 31st, 2010, 10:01 PM   #404
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Visiting Toronto in the spring, can't wait to see it. Any guesses on the height around late March?
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Old January 31st, 2010, 10:18 PM   #405
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Maybe at 150 metres?
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Old February 1st, 2010, 12:30 AM   #406
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Old February 1st, 2010, 03:37 AM   #407
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Thanks for the recent pics spectre000, I like the action shot of the curtainwall panel to be installed. I work for this installation company, its been very challenging right from the start starting with one of the most difficult of installs...a shear wall. Once the panels are installed on these hidden anchors theres no going back for adjustments. Having to lower panels from 8th and 9th flr via floor crane then transfered to an electric chainfall for final placement with added winter gusting winds have added to one of our challenges. Love the pictures keep them coming.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 07:28 PM   #408
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Old February 4th, 2010, 06:41 AM   #409
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Trump's tricks
Design firm II By IV has triumphed where three firms had failed before them
It has conceived, created and finalized the decor for Canada's first Trump Tower, a mammoth project entrusted to them by developer Talon International

16 January 2010
The Toronto Star

Certain occasions call for champagne. For Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook, co-founders of the Toronto-based interior design firm II By IV, that occasion came two years ago when the mother of all luxury contracts fell into their laps.

"A phone call came out of the blue," Rushbrook recalls. "A gentleman we've known for years and years. (He said) 'Keith, I think I have a project for you

Trump Towers.'"

Landing the contract to design all 57 floors of Toronto's Trump International Hotel and Tower is a reason to celebrate if ever there was one. So perhaps it was only fitting that the motif Menchions and Rushbrook eventually proposed for the tower was champagne and caviar.

"The caviar colouration would be the beautiful blacks," Menchions explains. "The champagne would be the sparkle and beautiful light tones of warm colour and ambers that carry throughout the entire property at every level."

For the lobby, Menchions and Rushbrook even designed a champagne-and-caviar bar, the kind one might find in high-circulation hubs such as London's Heathrow Airport. It's what Menchions calls "a power space," an intimate area that will hold only 30 to 40 people - in sharp contrast to the tower's skyscraping capacity.

Now, after a scant two years, II By IV has triumphed where three interior design firms had failed: It has conceived, created and finalized the decor for Canada's first Trump Tower, a mammoth project handed to them by developer Talon International.

By the time they got the contract, there were 31/2 years of catching up to do, three firms already cast aside and a real-estate sector on the brink of disaster.

But Rushbrook and Menchions' glowing recollections of the project barely hint at hardship at all. II By IV - "the last firm standing," jokes Rushbrook - apparently got it right, right from the start.

"The reality of (the project) now is the vision of what we originally designed," Rushbrook says. "That's very unlikely in a lot of long-term projects like this. They get watered down and down; things are taken out.

"You'll never know that with this project. If we were to show you the renderings from the first day, compared to what (it is now), you'd say, 'Oh my God - this is it. It looks exactly like it.' "

Channelling the tower's inner aura was actually the easy part - it took them only two weeks to put together a concept presentation for the lobby, sky lobby, standard suite and caviar bar - and just a second for Talon to say yes.

"We had a runway," Rushbrook recalls, "with renderings, groupings of materials and custom glass and custom carpets and furniture. Instantly, they said, 'You got it, you totally got it.'"

That was 18 months ago.

Since then, Rushbrook and Menchions have been tinkering and perfecting the design in an unassuming warehouse north of Toronto.

On the outside, there's nothing but parking lots, highways and faceless buildings.

But open a drab door, walk down a narrow hallway and you'll eventually emerge in the Trump Tower suites, exactly as they will be when the tower opens, down to the last detail.

"What we do in the hotel world is we actually have the client build an actual suite so we can test them," Rushbrook says.

"Test the patterns, the size, the space; the esthetic of the space. Are the washrooms working, are the vanities the proper size?"

In the past, Talon permitted only standard promotional shots of the model suites for the press.

Now, despite a tight race against four other luxury hotel brands (The Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La and Park Hyatt), Talon is taking a risk and showing its hand.

"In the hotel world, you hold everything really close to your chest until you're ready," Rushbrook says. "You don't want anyone to copy you. You want to be the first one out there with it. But now I think it's close enough that no one can get in there."

From II By IV's perspective, Talon has nothing to hide.

"You don't need to do anything to the rooms. They're just so beautiful," Menchions says.

"The suites are fantastic, the residences - each one has been personally designed by all of us in the studio here: the details, the millwork details, types of kitchen cabinetry. It's move-in designed already."

"You can actually walk down the corridor to see if you like the look and feel of it," Rushbrook says. "(You can) put your key in, put your luggage down, hang up your coat, sit on the sofa."

After all, "when you're doing hundreds of these rooms, you want to make sure they're perfect."
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Old February 5th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #410
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Going up quite quickly ...

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Old February 7th, 2010, 07:08 AM   #411
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Old February 7th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #412
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:17 AM   #413
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really not feeling the glass and cladding... this is supposed to be TRUMP, and the glass/cladding looks subpar trump... Its looking like an everyday Vancouver condo
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Old February 9th, 2010, 04:06 AM   #414
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really not feeling the glass and cladding... this is supposed to be TRUMP, and the glass/cladding looks subpar trump... Its looking like an everyday Vancouver condo
The lack of sunlight hitting the cladding makes it look dull. If they could have set it back further from the sidewalk, more light would hit it. But with such a small footprint that wasn't possible.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 06:43 AM   #415
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That could be it, but i dont like the green glass either. But I can't wait for it to be finished.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 12:39 PM   #416
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That glass cladding is as bigger fail as Q1s cladding. What are they thinking? It's cheap and nasty.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #417
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That glass cladding is as bigger fail as Q1s cladding. What are they thinking? It's cheap and nasty.
The only reality is that their tastes differ drastically from yours. They'd probably say the same thing about your aesthetic choices.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 12:06 AM   #418
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I actually think it looks very sleek...
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Old February 10th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #419
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looks pretty ugly right now but we'll see how it looks in a month or two when the base is finished.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #420
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There's buildings this tall in Canada?
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