The Hotel X Toronto has opened as part of the Library Hotel Collection. Stephen B. Jacobs Group, PC/Andi Pepper Interior Design was involved in the design.
The hotel was constructed on the top of a historic site, a former Enlisted Men's Barracks. SBJ Group helped conduct archaeological excavations, uncovering the foundations of former barracks, which were incorporated into the path to the major entrance to the hotel and glass floor to be able to see the foundations. Most of the items found consisted of artifacts, such as bottles, tableware, buttons, toothbrushes and rings. Displays at the hotel entrance also showcase replicas of the different uniforms worn by the various regiments stationed at this site, once a military fort.
Hotel X Toronto was designed to LEED Silver standards, with recycled content for insulation and LED lighting, among other environmental efforts. The design also tried to bring the inside out; for instance, some of the ballrooms open to the exterior. Overall, in the design of the property, SBJ Group wanted to maximize the flow of indoor and outdoor spaces.
The green wall is the focal point of the lobby.
The property also has the Falcon Sky Bar, a three-level rooftop bar with panoramic views. Here, lead architect Stephen B. Jacobs eyed to bring the concept he employed in The Gansevoort Hotels in New York to Toronto. At over 22,000 square feet, the bar is one of the largest hotel rooftop bars in North America.
SBJ Group, PC/Andi Pepper Interior Design is a full service architectural and interior design firm founded in 1967.
Photo credit: Hotel X Toronto