Sustainable travel and chic design will combine in Toronto in 2011 when the Gansevoort Hotel Group (GHG) teams with TAS DesignBuild to develop Gansevoort Toronto, the city's first LEED-certified hotel/residence. The asymmetrical design in the entertainment and fashion district is expected to enhance Toronto's skyline.
Gansevoort Toronto marks the first time the Gansevoort approach to lifestyle and design meets sustainability. Such buildings, created inside and out with a focus on environmental responsibility, are poised to become the standard-bearers for a new generation of eco-friendly projects.
The hotel/residence will feature a range of integrated sustainable functions, including building automation (systems tied to computer monitors to intelligently draw less power, energy recovery ventilators designed to reclaim energy before it is discharged and heat recovery systems). The building's low-impact design features a unique sequence of units (known as geometric articulation) providing shade and decreasing cooling costs as well as a lighter-colored exterior, which reflects heat and decreases the building's heat gain, requiring less energy to cool.
The building’s ultra-modern design will include a asymmetrical structure that showcases an innovative stepping form highlighted by vertical hanging gardens, projecting a sense of space and movement. Teeple Architects, an award-winning firm known for its innovative and sustainable design, is credited with the building's highly original design.