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Vienna House launches new brand


R.evo combines the individuality of a home, flexibility of a guesthouse, and the stylish design of a city apartment. Guests can check in for one night, several months or even just an afternoon choosing between hotel rooms, fully equipped studio apartments, friends and family rooms or simply a work space to rent.

hotel design: Aloft Philadelphia Downtown


When the design team at New York-based Stonehill Taylor first encountered the abandoned, nearly century-old Liberty Title & Trust Building next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, they found the soaring space littered with graffiti and concertina wire. “It looked,” says principal Michael Suomi, “like a war zone.” But the good bones hidden under the dust and grime wound up being incorporated into the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown‘s lobby, which features an original clock, marble balustrades, and huge arched windows. There is is even a nod to the graffiti in the altered portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson that greet guests as they ascend a set of steps from the street.

Hotel design: Bisha, Toronto


A Toronto nightlife and restaurant impresario partnered with local firms Lifetime Developments and Wallman Architects to transform the low-rise building into a 44-story, 96-key hotel topped with 355 residences and seven rental units. For the interiors, he turned to longtime collaborator Alessandro Munge, principal of Studio Munge (the two have worked on more than 20 projects in 10 years), who handled the residences, multiple F&B venues, public spaces, and guestrooms—except for a floor of suites by Lenny Kravitz (his 2,000-square-foot presidential suite is slated to debut in the spring). “It encompasses all of his experiences with and passion for restaurants, bars, and lounges,” explains Munge. “With a residential feel, he wanted [Bisha] to display his love for art and collected worldly pieces under one roof.”


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