Boutique Hotel 207-209 Yonge Street

Toronto, Canada | 1998

This project is a 13 storey mixed-use tower containing 35 boutique hotel suites and a double-storey penthouse on a narrow site between two historically designated buildings. The building's massing is conceived as a series of wall planes perpendicular to Yonge Street. These walls are staggered and recessed from the Toronto Historical Board building, a domed structure immediately south of the site. Conceptually, the blank surfaces act as a canvas backdrop to the dome, at once respecting and emphasizing its presence as one approaches the site from the south. The upper floors of the tower are stepped back along Yonge Street to respect the height of its northern neighbour and to lessen the impact of shadows. Each hotel suite has generous floor to ceiling windows to maximize the amount of natural light entering the unit. From the street, three levels of interconnected retail space on the basement, ground and second floor are accessible.