Yesterday, UrbanToronto began a three-part series on the amenities of the recently completed Festival Tower at the intersection of King and John. Today, the tour will continue with the focus on relaxation spaces ranging from comfortable lounges to a private theatre.

To have a look at yesterday’s article to get caught up, click here.

The amenities are known as the 'Tower Club' and are situated on the 10th and 11th floors of the tower. The first of several relaxation spaces features three personal computers which are free to use for all residents. Equipped with Wi-Fi, the room is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. What better place to get your UrbanToronto fix?

The useful 24/7 computer lounging room. Image courtesy of the Daniels Corporation.

The Media Lounge provides an area to kick back, watch television, or enjoy a fantastic view of the city. The contemporary space is accented in crimson, evoking the red carpet theme that is evident throughout the interior design of the building. Although a decent sized space, the Media Lounge is just the first of several lounge amenities for residents.

The first formal lounging area in the tower, overlooking King and John. Image courtesy of the Daniels Corporation.

Unique light fixtures fronting the city backdrop in the lounge area. Image by Marcus Mitanis 2011.07.21

The Press Lounge is the main relaxation spot in the tower and also has direct access to a private terrace atop the Bell Lightbox. Neighbouring the patio used for many TIFF events, the terrace should become a popular site for celebrity spotting in September.

The Press Lounge overlooks the podium terrace, and conforms to the red carpet theme. Image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation.

The shelves of the Press Lounge will soon be filled with periodicals from around the. Image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation.


Toronto's skyline as seen from the 10th floor lounging space of the Festival Tower. Image by Marcus Mitanis 2011.07.21

Moving on, is the Cinema Lounge, a room frequently booked for events, private parties and casual relaxation. It is the prerequisite to perhaps the most exciting feature of the building.

The Cinema Lounge is a relaxation space commonly booked for parties. Image courtesy of Daniels Corporation.

After enjoying the Cinema Lounge, residents and guests can enjoy the tower’s authentic 55-seat theatre, an amenity that surpasses all other condominium screening rooms in the city. Use of the cinema is free: while a number of special screenings are programmed for residetns throughout the year, the screen can also be used for surfing the web, playing video games, popping in a movie to show to friends, and simply watching television. The facitilty will also be used for occasional TIFF screenings, adding capacity to the other five cinemas located in the Bell Lightbox.

The 55-seat theatre can be booked by residents for parties and casual use. Image courtesy of Daniels Corporation.

The room can adapt for television or movie viewing, internet and video game use. Image by Craig White 2011.07.21

The theatre will be used for exclusive TIFF screenings. Image by Marcus Mitanis 2011.07.21

Following the cinema experience, a spectacular bar area awaits which is complete with hardwood flooring, imaginative lighting, pool tables, and television screens. The space overlooks King Street through large floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing the urban atmosphere of the street to invade the room.

The contemporary sports bar is sleek and bold in design. Image courtesy of Daniels Corporation.

The stylish bar will surely be a hit with residents. Image by Marcus Mitanis 2011.07.21

Creative lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows provide for a bright bar atmosphere. Image by Craig White 2011.07.21

The final amenity in today's feature sits on the 11th floor and is known as the outdoor Meditation Garden. The focal point of this area is a sculpture by Peter Powning entitled ‘Split Rock’. The bronze and stone figure was so large that it had to be hoisted up from the streets below to the 11th floor, then assembled on site. If you would like to see the hoisting photos, have a look at the artists’ official website. Although landscaping work is still being done on the garden, the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and opt for a more relaxing experience will be available for both residents and visitors alike.


Join us again tomorrow for the last piece in the series where the fitness related amenities will be reviewed. Until then, have a look at UrbanToronto's dataBase listing for Festival Tower below to find additional images, information, as well as the link to the project thread in the forums.

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