A 2017 proposal to bring a mid-rise office building to 445 Adelaide West at Morrison Street in Toronto’s Fashion District remains under appeal at the LPAT, but the architectsAlliance-designed proposal for Niche Development has now been resubmitted for rezoning with the new plan calling for a hotel instead, accompanied by a new design. The plan makes for a 146-suite hotel with a restaurants, a cafe, and other amenities on lower levels.

Site of 445 Adelaide West, image via Google Street View

With the name 'Hudson' appearing in the street-level rendering, it appears that this is the location of sbe Hotels first Toronto property, recently added to their website. sbe is a global lifestyle hospitality firm built up by CEO and Founder Sam Nazarian, and now 50% owned by Accor Hotels. sbe recently acquired the Morgans Hotel Group of New York, of which Hudson Hotels is one of its brands. Other brands under the banner include SLS, Originals, The Redbury, Hyde, Delano, and Mondrian. sbe also oversees several restaurant and nightlife brands.

Ground level at 445 Adelaide West, image via submission to City of Toronto

Previously proposed at 11 storeys with typical floor heights of 3.6 metres, the updated 14-storey plan's typical floor-to-floor height has been reduced to 2.95 metres, increasing the total height of the proposal from 40.5 metres to 45.7 metres. The overall massing introduced in the original submission remains largely unchanged, but the new design calls for a checkered pattern tinted metal panels on the east, west and south elevations, with a north facade clad primarily in window wall with projecting horizontal and vertical metal accents framing windows. A treatment of windows wrapped in vertical metal louvres is planned for the penthouse.

Previous and current designs for 445 Adelaide West, images via submission to City of Toronto

A total of four underground levels are proposed to accommodate hotel services including a restaurant on the B1 level, meeting rooms and a restaurant at the B3 level, and a fitness room, preparation kitchen and hotel storage at the B4 level. A single level of guest parking is proposed on the B2 level, offering just 11 parking spaces.

Additional information and images can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment below.

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING