A crane is now in place at the construction site for Exhibition Place's first hotel, Hotel X. To be operated by the Library Hotel Collection of New York City, the hotel will be sited directly south of the Direct Energy Centre and west of the Allstream Centre.

A crane rises over the excavation for Hotel X at Exhibition Place, image by kram

The hotel is meant to boost the attractiveness of hosting events in Exhibition Place's halls across the street by adding accommodations onsite along with many new facilities for the grounds, including three cinemas, a sports club with indoor tennis and squash courts, retail units, and a rooftop bar on the 27th floor of the tower.

Shovels finish the excavation for Hotel X at Exhibition Place, image by kram

The project is designed by the Stephen B Jacobs Group of New York and NORR Architects of Toronto and is being built by Brookfield Multiplex. The design has been criticized for resembling a bloated version of the Simpson's Tower in downtown Toronto, and replaces a design by architect Rocco Maragna. It is set to open in 2015.

The excavation pit for Hotel X at Exhibition Place, image by kram

Want to know more about what's coming here? Check out our dataBase file for Hotel X, linked below. It includes all the details and many renderings. Want to talk about it? Choose the associated Forum thread link, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

Related Companies:  Andi Pepper Interior Design, Brookfield Multiplex, CFMS Consulting Inc., Dillon Consulting Limited, entro, Exhibition Place, Heughes Canada Inc, LiveRoof Ontario Inc, NORR Architects, Stephen B Jacobs Group, The Library Hotel Collection