Delta Hotel Wins Award of Excellence
TORONTO – Every other year, the City of Toronto holds the Urban Design Awards as an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate some of the City’s best projects and practitioners in urban design.
This year, the City received 90 submissions in nine categories, which were reviewed by a jury, comprised of Alex Bozikovic, Stephen Teeple, Sibylle von Knobloch, and George Dark. The jury eventually selected thirteen projects to receive Awards of Excellence and seven projects to receive Awards of Merit.
The Delta Toronto hotel, designed by IBI Group Architects/Page+Steele, received the Award of Excellence in the Private Buildings in Context – Tall category. The hotel officially opened November 27, 2014 and was the first dedicated standalone hotel to open in downtown Toronto in more than 20 years.
The Jury commented that “Both tower and base are elegant here. The jury found the sculpted form of the tower and the random patterning of its facade panels to be successful – providing a pleasing contrast to nearby buildings on the skyline. More importantly in the context of these awards, the building makes a strong contribution to the public realm in the new and busy South Core neighbourhood. Uncommonly wide sidewalks on all sides, the well-detailed patios of the hotel’s restaurant, and the careful handling of driveways and pedestrian entrances all contribute to a pleasant and vibrant pedestrian experience.”
“In conceiving this project architecturally, we recognized that it needed to make a bold statement” affirms Mansoor Kazerouni, IBI Group Architects/Page + Steele Director and Design Lead for the hotel. “In a rapidly upward expanding city, this tower needed to be easily recognizable to the many first-time visitors.
Delta’s new flagship hotel has assumed a prominent position in Toronto’s expanding skyline and will undoubtedly become a part of the city’s architectural identity. Congratulations again to all associated with this project including our clients – BCIMC and GWLRA, the entire consulting team, and to Delta Hotels.”