Those of you who have been reading UrbanToronto for a while know that Talon International's Trump International Hotel and Tower is one of the most contentious projects we've ever featured — it seems as though our readers either love it or hate it. Regardless, Forum members have expressed huge interest in discussing the development. The projects and construction thread has reached 583 pages with over 8,700 comments!

Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto by Talon and Zeidler ArchitectsTrump Tower receiving final touches, image by nicetommy.

The hotel component of the tower soft-launched back on January 31st, and we've since been anxiously awaiting the final touches on the tower's distinctive quarter-onion dome and spire, marking the completion of the project as well as its official status as the (second) tallest building in Toronto (although not for long, it would seem). The image above shows that the glass has been installed on the dome — home to an expansive 7,366 square foot, three-storey luxury penthouse.

Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto by Talon and Zeidler ArchitectsSecond floor of the penthouse at Trump International, image courtesy of Talon International.

The tower marks the Trump Organization's first foray into the Canadian market, and from the hype the project's received we don't think it will be their last. With the final touches being put in place, we're looking forward to the grand opening on April 16, and expect nothing short of a true Trump-style celebration — rumours are swirling that the entire family will be in attendance, strengthened by the repeat appearances of Donald's daughter Ivanka and son Donald Jr. in Toronto.

Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto by Talon and Zeidler ArchitectsTrump International Hotel and Tower, image courtesy of Talon Developments.

Whether you like the tower's design or not, it would appear that it's here to stay, and with the popularity of the recently opened Suits lounge and Stock restaurant, it will no doubt be a hotspot for Toronto's discerning Bay Street crowd. Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, the tower is 65-storeys tall and contains 118 units. For more renderings, click on the dataBase listing below, and be sure to add your two-cents on the associated projects and construction thread.