Lobby + Room Transformation
145 Richmond Street West
Hilton (Canada) / London & Leeds development corporation
An 80s downtown Toronto hotel interior is reimagined and reimaged as a theatrical stage for the Hilton chain.
A CHANGE IS REQUIRED
The 80s vintage precast concrete lobby with ubiquitous plants is reimaged to take the Hilton chain in Toronto into exciting new territory. The new contemporary look enables the Hilton brand to update and improve market share.
The pre-existing concrete port cochere is refinished at grade and overhead, and lightened visually, setting up a processional route into the hotel from its front door. The lobby ahead is reimagined as a stage set with luminous canvas column covers, zig zag onyx stair, woven wood wall and diaphanous scenic flat, all supporting the processional metaphor while making hotel patrons feel important.
The procession concludes with an elliptical martini bar, intended to be an intimate destination room reminiscent of the most memorable cocktail lounges of the world, and to stand apart from similar spaces in Toronto that often lack architectural identity.
KPMB ARCHITECTS: Thomas Payne (partner-in-charge), David Jesson, Victoria Gregory (associates), Greg Guerra, Robert Kastelic, Kelly Chow, Paulo Rocha, Bill Colaco, Ulrike Lubeck, Miyako Panalaks, Tom Strickland, Annette Lee; interior designers: Karen Petrachenko, Kelly Buffey, Jill Greaves, Carolyn Lee
Yolles Partnership ltd. (structural), Maunder Britnell Inc. (mechanical/ electrical), George Sexton Associates (lighting), II by IV Design Associates Inc. (interior design – tundra restaurant)