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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.”

Urban camping: Moxy Times Square redefines select-service


The Toronto firm of Yabu Pushelberg frequently designs what partner George Yabu calls “the best of the best of the top of the market”: Luxury in hotels and retail, including a yacht and a private jet or two. While they have tended to avoid “the big, wide middle,” Yabu says the 612-room Moxy Times Square offered some absorbing creative challenges.

The Lisbon hotel that is one big toilet


Last week local hotel operator Beautique opened its second property, the curiously named WC Beautique Hotel. Envisioned by the star of Portuguese design, Nini Andrade Silva, it is themed around the WC - water closet in Dutch for toilet and several other languages. Euphemistically bathroom in English or banho in Portuguese...


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