The retention of those small heritage buildings in the Nobu Residences complex has me wondering: Is Toronto "over-preserving"? I tried to illustrate the point that facadism can sometimes result in the facades of the old building and the floor heights of the new building not matching up very well. Another example of this is the United BLDG, whose design will incorporate two existing lowrise buildings. The newly-constructed part of its podium will only match up with the newer of those two buildings. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
Sep 30, 2021
AFAR magazine Excerpt Canada Has Reopened to U.S. Travelers—Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Visiting
With the pandemic putting several luxury hotel openings on hold last year, Toronto is embracing the long overdue arrival of some of the world’s most coveted chains. The country’s most cosmopolitan city will have its own millennial-minded W Toronto this winter, aptly set in the posh neighborhood of Yorkville. A couple streets over, luxury seekers can swap the W’s DJ parties for a peaceful, upscale retreat at the recently renovated Park Hyatt Toronto, where soaring ceilings, spacious suites, and midcentury decor exude Yorkville sophistication. Further south, the ecoconscious are flocking to the new 1 Hotel Toronto, where Canada’s great outdoors are celebrated with zero-waste, vegetable-forward fare served amid reclaimed wood furnishings and greenery-adorned concrete.
Those with an eye for aesthetics will want to keep tabs on the rebranding of the art-centric Gladstone House and the Drake Hotel, where a 32-room expansion of the Queen West location is the latest in the works from the beloved brand that now has two design-savvy properties in Prince Edward County and several restaurants downtown. Down the street from one of those restaurants, the Drake One Fifty, in Toronto’s Entertainment District, you’ll soon find a new Nobu Residences set in a heritage site–designated glass factory, and Canada’s first Ace Hotel, where red brick and raw concrete will draw inspiration from the surrounding 19th-century industrial buildings. (Both are slated to open in 2022.)
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