Trump International Hotel & Tower, situated in the buzzing financial district of Toronto, has been recognised as one of the finalists in the hotel category of this year’s SBID International Design Awards.
Winners will be announced in November 2014 and the hotel owners Talon International and lead designers II By IV Design are eagerly awaiting the results.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Dan Menchions, a Partner in II By IV Design, to find out more about the decadent 65 storey hotel. Dan said:
“The building had already been constructed by another brand before our client purchased the Trump name and the site. The clients wanted this venue to be the first Canadian location of a Trump hotel. We presented our design concept to the client in 2008 and they loved it and so we got on board then. The theme was champagne and caviar which runs throughout the hotel.”
Unfortunately the recession hit in 2008 and so the project was delayed and the budget was cut in half. Dan added:
“We managed to complete the project without compromising the design, aesthetic or quality of the product.”
The hotel was unveiled to the public in January 2012 and has since been crowned as the best hotel in Toronto by Tripadvisor. The first eight floors of the venue offer car parking space for those using the hotels facilities and from the ninth floor guests can enter the hotel. Hotel facilities and residences run up to the 29th floor, and the hotel’s restaurant, spa and pool can be found on the 30th and 31st floor. The 32nd floor boasts resident sky lobbies and the remaining floors contain more luxury guest rooms and suites.
The venue comprises common design elements throughout which reference the champagne and caviar theme. A repeated linked square pattern can be found all over the hotel which was inspired by certain 1930’s fabric which the design team sourced. This fabric inspired the graphics used and the geometric patterns located throughout the venue.
The hotel’s front lobby boasts three different types of stones which have been connected on the venue’s floors in a linked square pattern. These materials have been sourced from all over the world which links with the sort of international traveller the clients aim to attract. Behind the reception desk an ornate sculptured crystal cherry branch can be found which acts as a stunning feature piece in the venue’s entrance. The structural engineering behind this piece is extremely unique and adds to the hotel’s bespoke nature.
Antique mirrors have been sourced from Italy and placed throughout the hotel’s numerous floor. Granite and stone has also been heavily used during the development, all of which have been internationally collected to make the venue appeal to the international clientele.
Canadian based VISO specialise in the design and manufacture of contemporary decorative light fixtures. The firm co-designed, manufactured and installed their impressive GIA light throughout the Trump International Hotel & Tower continuing the hotels theme of splendor and elegance.
“We were keen to make the space statelier and like it had been around for a long time; so the design features classical elements as well as modern twists.
“The 285 bedroomed hotel was one of the largest projects that we have worked on; it is 850,000 square feet of space in total. We have designed every aspect of it including the lighting, furniture, fabric, materials, detailing, floor patterns, chandeliers, grill covers and the elevator. It was very much a labour of love in our studio.”
Since opening Trump International Hotel & Tower has received great feedback and has been appointed as the Trump brands flagship due to the quality of the design and facilities.