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Hotel X (was Hotel in the Garden) 
Newfoundland Rd at Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto
Developer: Exhibition Place, The Library Hotel Collection

Hotel X (was Hotel in the Garden) | ?m | 27s | Exhibition Place | NORR | Page 50

Discussion in 'Buildings' started by AlvinofDiaspar, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. WislaHD

    WislaHD Senior Member

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    People shit on Aura due to poor exterior materials and atrocious way it meets the street. The architecture of the tower itself is no worse than the average thing that gets put up in this city, and if anything, it's light features at night are a great addition to the skyline.

    Hotel X is probably the worst building in the City in my opinion. I'd be ashamed to have that tower in Vaughan or Markham, let alone at such a prominent site as in the EX.
     

  2. interchange42

    interchange42 Administrator Staff Member

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    My city includes CampusOne, unfortunately, so that's at the top of my worst building list. 365 Church is a solid second. This one might just edge out Velocity for third.

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    Pretty much agree. The majority of the point tower projects to me are pretty uninteresting aesthetically, with make or break largely dependent on quality of cladding. I increasingly look at how it meets the street as an indicator of success- what does it offer to the neighbourhood or public realm around it. A lot of it depends on location too and what opportunities were missed. Hotel X and Aura are in this category for me. Hotel X is a terrible looking project, and to think they put it so prominently on the Exhibition grounds- an area that should be about innovation, is just ass-backward thinking.
     
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  4. W. K. Lis

    W. K. Lis Superstar

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    The hotel should have used the Stanley Barracks as a model, instead of going outside of Exhibition Place for their inspiration.

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    Bogtrotter Senior Member

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    What inspiration.. bad quasi 80's pomo at best. At least Velocity has one decent facade and CampusOne has some texture through the ground plain. Hard pressed to find anything redeeming with HotelX , and the fact that it is unlikely that anything is going to obstruct its view for decades makes it all the worse.
     
  6. AlvinofDiaspar

    AlvinofDiaspar Moderator

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    Perhaps they took the Atlantic Wall as inspiration instead. Just need to place some cannons to complete the theme.

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    It's astounding how awful this thing is. There is no greater buzzkill than being at the CNE with all the lights/colour of the midway and seeing this behemoth of ugliness in the background. Aura is anywhere near as terrible.

    I'll agree with i42 that Campus One is a serious contender for worst of worst with this one. Velocity is also quite bad but doesn't bother me nearly as much as it used to for some reason.
     
  8. AlvinofDiaspar

    AlvinofDiaspar Moderator

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    No reason why we can't have multiple categories, like the AUDA. I'd hate to see deserving winners walk away with nothing.

    Worst in:

    Elements
    Buildings in Context - Private
    Buildings in Context - Public
    Small Open Spaces
    Large Places and/ or Neighborhood Designs
    Visions & Master Plans

    And of course, special "25 year achievement awards" and "lifetime achievement awards" can also be for the taking.

    AoD
     
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    kotsy Senior Member

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    UrbanToronto should host an architecture version of the Razzie Awards every year! Maybe the developers/builders would get their act in order if they felt a large amount of public shame.
     
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  10. AlvinofDiaspar

    AlvinofDiaspar Moderator

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    We need a trophy. The Golden Spandrel Awards?

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    If there were 23 of these towers, then, yes, it would be far worse than Cityplace. But there's only one and it really just pops into view for a few seconds while zipping by on the Gardiner or in the Go Train. It's not in a neighbourhood that has a lot of foot traffic or that anyone spends an inordinate amount of time.

    Cityplace, OTOH, is an entire soul crushing vertical suburb, with thousands of residents, right at the foot of the CN Tower and downtown (With the 2 largest and utterly insipid towers yet to come). It fails on almost every level of design, planning and placemaking and just screams temporary housing for Millenials who will vacate as soon as appropriate housing becomes available. And it also lends the whole southwestern approach to downtown a cheap, placeless, frontier town kind of vibe which is the last thing the city needs.

    The same could be said of Aura which also has that cheap, thrown-together-in-a-hurry look, and which--thanks to its height and immense bulk--will utterly dominate the city's busiest street for generations to come.

    Despite its apparent drawbacks as a piece of architecture I just don't see that kind of impact emanating from Hotel X--it's probably a building that very few people in the city are even aware of. It's more of a missed opportunity than a disaster.
     
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    Huh? There are very regularly literally tens of thousands of people walking around here.
     
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    True, many people judge it from pictures and what others say and don't actual associate with anything @ CityPlace or Liberty Village
     
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    Your description of CityPlace is way OTT. No idea how long since your last visit to Toronto, but it's not quite the irredeemable hellscape you're portraying it as. There are an increasing number of amenities in the area, and a number of CityPlace dwellers will tell you that they actually enjoy living there. One of the things you're particularly wrong about is vacating Millennials: they're having babies here and are relieved that the double school and community centre is finally under construction on Brunel Court.

    I'm not saying that everything is bliss down there—there are issues—but the rant begged some kind of response!

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    This LED strip was turned on this weekend.
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