Urban Toronto returns to the Ritz-Carlton's construction site to check out the lobby... They have a long way to go with the lobby still: the current aim is to open the hotel in time for the Toronto International Film Festival. I hope they make it on time. (Same for another building a couple short blocks from here...)

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SRitz-Carlton Hotel Lobby Under Construction, image by Craig White

The mezzanine bridge that crosses the lobby from one side to the other is currently protected from construction.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SView of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Lobby from the Mezzanine Bridge, image by Edward Skira

Once construction is finished, the bridge will no longer be a visual barrier at all...

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SUnder the Mezzanine Bridge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, image by Edward Skira

Another set up stairs to the mezzanine:

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SRitz-Carlton Hotel Lobby Under Construction, image by Edward Skira

Plastering underway by the front doors.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SPlastering at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Lobby, image by Craig White

Work underway in the area of the Lobby Bar.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SThe Lobby Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Under Construction, image by Edward Skira

These windows look through to the back patio, currently fenced off from the park.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SRear Lobby Window at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, image by Edward Skira

This canopy will protect the back patio from winds sweeping down the south wall of the tower.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SRear Patio Canopy at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, image by Edward Skira

Patio views: 

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SRear Patio Under Construction at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, image by Craig White

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SLooking Up from the Patio at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, image by Edward Skira

The panels above the patio take on curving patterns when the sun hits them, suddenly creating play with the panels containing the corrugations:

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SMoire Pattern on the Exterior of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, image by Craig White

And there you go, that's our tour of the Ritz-Carlton. Many thanks again to our hosts David Eisenstadt and Tom Bulkovic!

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, by Greywood and Cadfair with KPF and P+SView of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel from the Park, image by Craig White

Tomorrow, we'll take you back in and up for city views that we saw from the tower. The previous article in this series appears here. The next article in this series appears here.