A series of updated documents submitted to the City of Toronto have revealed more details about the long anticipated 51 Camden Street, finally giving us a better picture of what is to come. The Shim-Sutcliffe designed hotel has only been seen through pencil drawings, rough renderings, and architectural drawings so far.

51 Camden Street, Shim Sutcliffe, Carbon Hospitality, Zinc Developments, TorontoPencil Rendering of 51 Camden Street, image courtesy of Shim Sutcliffe Architects

More detailed drawings and updated elevations reveal greater information about the project. At the same time, shoring and extensive for the foundation has continued, and since there are set to be four below ground levels with unique layouts—while providing no parking onsite—this will surely be a lengthy process.  

51 Camden Street, Shim Sutcliffe, Carbon Hospitality, Zinc Developments, TorontoNorth Elevation of 51 Camden Street, image courtesy of Shim Sutcliffe Architects

The hotel, a project by Carbon Hospitality, Zinc Developments, and the Alterra Group, will rise 13 storeys (148 ft.) housing a total of 87,306 sq. ft. of hotel space on the border of Toronto's Entertainment District. Drawings reveal unique details in the project, such as weathering steel detailing around the Camden Street revolving door entranceway supported by a concrete and steel pylon, and vertical bike racks along the Camden Street frontage. 

51 Camden Street, Shim Sutcliffe, Carbon Hospitality, Zinc Developments, TorontoWest Elevation of 51 Camden Street, image courtesy of Shim Sutcliffe Architects

Each elevation will be clad in a precast concrete panel with embedded bricks, giving the building the appearance of being constructed with brick from top to bottom. Details include bronzed aluminium panels between the windows, and bronze tinted insulated glass to give a warmer aged appearance to the typically cold blue windows. Each level will vary between having ten to twelve rooms, with the top levels featuring some larger more spacious rooms, some with separated bedrooms.

51 Camden Street, Shim Sutcliffe, Carbon Hospitality, Zinc Developments, TorontoExcavation progress at 51 Camden Street, image by Stefan Novakovic

So far, with heavy machinery on site, shoring and excavation has begun. Typical excavation and construction back to ground level each take one month per level, so a return to ground level can be expected in about eight months.

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