James KM Cheng Architects, David Pontarini Architects
Westbank arrived in the grandest of style with a 700 foot tower featuring a 5-star Shangri-la Hotel and luxury residential condos.
The 873,000 sf development is bordered between the entertainment and financial districts, offering the convenience and vibrancy of urban living with the legendary services of a 5-star Shangri-la Hotel. The two-storey glass atrium and podium is a focal point on University Avenue across the street from the new Opera House.
The 67-storey tower has a folding façade that recognizes the ceremonial nature of the neighbourhood while elegantly articulating the various uses within the building, and is anchored on both ends by three-storey glass cubes to showcase the specialty restaurant and event spaces.
The project offers owners and hotel guests a host of amenities including access to the world-famous Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris, a lap pool with hot tub, ﬁtness centre, function spaces, specialty restaurants – one of which is Momofuku – a three-storey and tri-concept restaurant by lauded New York chef, David Chang, and Soho House Toronto - which has set up a permanent home in a 10,000 square-foot space on Bishops Block inhabiting a building dating back to the 1800s. The building, which was originally one of Toronto’s first ever hotels, has been carefully restored brick by brick by Westbank as part of the development.