The original Seagram’s Observation Tower structure completed in 1962, and since converted to a 42 suite boutique hotel, will undergo a complete redevelopment, expansion and modernization. The proposed scheme will include the vertical expansion and re-cladding of the existing 7 storeyhotel pod, upgrade of all mechanical systems, vertical transportation, Fire Safety and exiting. The existing pod floors will be redesigned to create flexible condo-hotel units with panoramic views of the Falls and the surrounding area. At the tower base, a new 2-storey podium will be developed to accommodate a new lobby and amenities program. The new lobby will be connected to the adjacent Embassy Suites Fallsview Hotel by a glass-enclosed ground level pedestrian link.
The original concrete and steel structure, built using a then, state-of-the-art slip form construction technique, was designed primarily as an observation tower, and decades of subsequent redevelopment projects have left the 99m tall tower in need of modernization. Thedesign proposal for the pod expansion and re-cladding utilizes the hexagonal geometry of the existing tower as a reference point, and employs this geometry in the new massing and curtainwall cladding. An external diagrid is boldly expressed on the façade to unify the existing pod massing with the new construction. The outwardly canted geometry of the existing pod is extended up, thenreturned to vertical to terminate with a set-back penthouse floor with wrap-around terrace.
The number of new pod floors will be determined once a detailed review of the existing structural capacity is completed. In concert with this structural analysis, a detailed Fire Safety review will study the capacity of the existing exiting, and determine whether a new exiting strategy for the pod will be required.
Name: Tower Hotel
Design Architect: Zerafa Studio LLC
Design Team: Jason Zerafa, Joe Chou, Runpu Song
Size: 80,814 m2