The popularity of hotel-condominium developments within Toronto has so far been expressed through a surge in high-end brands taking root within the city — The Four Seasons, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Ritz-Carlton, and Shangri-La have captured our attention and that of UrbanToronto shutter bugs over the past few years. Now, a fifth project is waiting to break ground, and looking to challenge the dominance of the luxury market that the aforementioned quartet holds. Developed by Lifetime Developments and entertainment powerhouse Ink, Bisha Hotel and Residences is a new brand originating within Toronto, with a significantly different approach to the hotel-condominium style we've seen so far.
Bisha has already begun its sales and marketing campaign, but has yet to break ground due to continued efforts to amend the current zoning bylaw to permit the construction of its 41 storey tower. The developers have applied for 234 residential units and 101 hotel units, located on floors 1 - 9, with the residential units occupying the remaining floors. The tower is designed by Wallman Architects, while the interiors have been designed by Munge Leung.
The aesthetic of Bisha is notably different from the other hotel-condominiums; the influence of Ink and the attempt to appeal to the younger crowd found within the Entertainment District and King West is realized in the interior renderings, amenities and location. We'll leave you with an image brought to us by Forum member Jasonzed earlier this month, showing the heritage building Bisha is proposing to redevelop as the podium for its tower. To see more renderings, head over to the dataBase below, and join the discussion on the associated project thread.