Zerafa Architecture Studio was commissioned to study the addition of 86 new hotel suites to the existing 522 room Embassy Suites Fallsview Tower. The hotel currently features an awkward one-bay setback at each end of the typical floor from the 16th floor up to the 36th floor. The proposal adds 82 new corner rooms back into these setbacks and reconfigures the existing penthouse to create a more uniform tower massing consistent with the original design. The proposed new suites will improve the efficiency of the hotel significantly as no new mechanical space or elevators or stairs will be required.
The new design features the addition of a new aluminum and glass curtainwall volume at each end of the tower plan from the 16th floor up to the roof level. The façade detailing features floor to ceiling glass with a wrap around glazed corner unit to maximize the “Falls” views to the east. A secondary aluminum panel-clad volume extends up to the 31st floor and is separated by a revealed window panel to the west of the glazed addition to integrate with the existing primarily opaque western façade. The resulting new setback at the 31st floor creates a more fluid transition to the existing penthouse volumes. The proposal also calls for the creation of 4 new duplex suites within the existing penthouse volume at the northeast end of the tower above the 36th floor by cutting a new curtainwall area into the sloped penthouse façade. This double-height space is currently free of any mechanical equipment and offers the opportunity for additional loft-rooms with dramatic unobstructed views to the American Falls and surrounding areas within the existing penthouse volume.
Name: Embassy Suites
Design Architect: Zerafa Studio LLC
Design Team: Jason Zerafa, Adam Felchner
Size: 86 Rooms