Adaptive reuse to renew aging TO hotel building for a fresh purpose

by arslan_ahmed | September 28, 2022 1:50 pm

Cambridge Suites Hotel as it appears now. Photo courtesy WZMH Architects
The hotel after the proposed adaptive reuse transforamtion. Photo courtesy WZMH Architects

WZMH Architects[3] has proposed retaining and altering the structure of an old 21-storey hotel building in downtown Toronto and convert it into a 230.85-m (757.4-ft), 71-storey residential tower.

The development, titled Cambridge Suites, will provide 565 residential dwelling units on more than 40,557 m2 (436,500 sf) of residential space, in addition to 126 m2 (1356 sf) of retail space at grade. The project will expand the 21-storey base to 23 storeys and add a 48-storey tower above it. The resulting density is almost 38 times the area of the lot, which complies with the provincial policy, requiring intensification of underutilized sites in those built-up urban areas well-serviced by public transport—the site is within walking distance of six subway stations, including Union Station.

The tower structure will have a slender footprint of 546 m2 (5877 sf) to minimize the shadow on Nathan Phillips Square to its northwest and St. James Park to its southeast. The project aims to be sustainable and environmentally friendly in its new construction approach. The green design features of the project will be:

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