The Paradox Hotel Vancouver, formerly known as the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, is a residential skyscraper and hotel in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 60-storey, 188-metre (617 ft) tower in which the hotel is located is at 1151 West Georgia Street and was completed in 2016. The tower is the second tallest building in Vancouver, after the Shangri-La tower located across West Georgia Street.

Paradox Hotel Vancouver
The Paradox Hotel Vancouver under construction in August 2016
General information
Architectural styleStructural Expressionism
Location1139 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates49°17′10″N 123°07′24″W / 49.28611°N 123.12333°W / 49.28611; -123.12333
Construction started2012
Opened28 February 2017
April 2022
Closed28 August 2020(hotel)
CostUS$360 million
OwnerHolborn Group
ManagementTA Global Berhad
Architectural187.8 metres (616 ft)
Roof178 metres (584 ft)
Technical details
Floor count60
Design and construction
Architect(s)Arthur Erickson,
Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership,
DYS Architecture
DeveloperHolborn Group
Main contractorUrban One Builders
Other information
Number of units217 apartments and 147 hotel rooms
Parking346 spaces

The triangular tower, designed by architect Arthur Erickson, twists gradually, with increasing elevation, up to 45 degrees from bottom to top. Similar to Absolute World in Mississauga, Ontario and Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden, the building's design resembles a hyperbolic paraboloid.

In 2020, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver closed.[4][5] Over 250 employees had already been temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotel employees had reported that they learned of the hotel closure from the media or they were informed without warning that they had lost their jobs.[6]

Minor renovations and rebranding on the Vancouver tower began in late 2021, including the removal of all “TRUMP” branded exterior building signage. The hotel re-opened in April 2022 as the Paradox.[7][8]

History Edit

The initial project was cancelled on February 25, 2009. Buyers who purchased luxury condos in the tower received letters informing them of the project's cancellation. On June 1, 2009, Holborn Group president Joo Kim Tiah said his company still wanted to see the plan completed on the prime downtown site—if the City of Vancouver wanted to work with him.[9]

On August 21, 2009, it was announced that the project would definitely resume, possibly as an even taller building (pending approval from the city) while keeping the same design by Arthur Erickson who died in May of the same year. Work on the project would resume as soon as early 2010, after the Winter Olympics (construction work was not permitted during the Olympics). However, it was not certain as of August 21, 2009, if the Ritz-Carlton "brand" would still remain associated with the project.[10] Developers announced on August 27, 2009, that the project will proceed. They are re-proposing the project, requesting a height increase from 182.9 metres (600 ft) to 187.8 metres (616 ft). The proposal called for a higher number of smaller housing units with a more efficient use of floor space while keeping the exterior of the tower aesthetically unchanged (outside of the height increase).[11] The new proposal went through a series of public hearings before the Vancouver city council was scheduled to vote on it in November 2009.

The project was finally revitalized in mid-2011 without Ritz-Carlton as the hotelier. The tower was posthumously redesigned from 58 to 67 stories and an additional 2 floors of underground parking. In mid-2012, the new hotel tenant was announced to be Marriott. Excavation recommenced in the spring of 2012, with actual construction work beginning in August. By November 2012, the foundation had been completed and substantial construction had commenced, with half of the first floor of parking being completed.

In 2013 at a local press conference, Holborn Group president Joo Kim Tiah, the developer of the site, along with The Trump Organization president Donald Trump, accompanied by his three children Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, unveiled the $360 million Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver. Holborn Group's Construction Manager for the project was Vancouver-based Urban One Builders, who later also completed UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House, the tallest wood building in Canada.

The 63-story condo and hotel complex opened on February 28, 2017, with Donald Jr., Eric Trump and developer Joo Kim Tiah in attendance. The opening was met with public protests and a boycott of the ceremony by Mayor Robertson and other local politicians.[12] The building consisted of the Trump Hotel on the first 15 floors, topped by 217 condos on the remaining floors.[13]

On August 28, 2020, the hotel reportedly closed permanently and was filing for bankruptcy.[14] On December 23, 2021 all of the Trump branding was removed from the shuttered hotel.[15] On April 1, 2022 TA Global Berhad reopened the hotel under the brand Paradox Hotel Group and the name Paradox Hotel Vancouver.[16]

Reception Edit

On December 15, 2015, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson wrote a letter to the developers of the tower, asking them to remove Donald Trump's name from the building. Robertson stated that "Trump’s name and brand have no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world." A petition to remove the name was also mentioned in the letter, with more than 5000 residents voicing their concerns. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark agreed with the movement, stating that "Donald Trump doesn’t represent our city." Similar movements occurred in Toronto where a default by Talon led to the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto, now The St. Regis Toronto, being purchased for renovation and renaming in 2017.[17]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ "Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver". Emporis. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, Vancouver". Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Recksiedler, Dean; Hall, Michael (August 28, 2020). "Vancouver's Trump hotel closes permanently: reports". CityNews Vancouver. Archived from the original on October 16, 2022. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  5. ^ Brown, Scott. "Vancouver's Trump hotel closes doors for good". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on January 15, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Brend, Yvette (August 29, 2020). "Trump Hotel in Vancouver closes as company files for bankruptcy". CBC. Archived from the original on October 17, 2021. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  7. ^ "Trump Tower Vancouver to be rebranded as Paradox Hotel | Urbanized". Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "Former Trump Vancouver to reopen as Paradox Hotel in April | Urbanized". Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "Developer trying to save building" Archived February 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Metro Vancouver, June 1, 2009.
  10. ^ "Developers simplify design" Archived July 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Daily Commercial News, August 21, 2009.
  11. ^ "Policy Report Development and Building : P1" (PDF). November 3, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  12. ^ Valdes, Manuel; Gillies, Rob (February 28, 2017). "Trump sons open newest hotel in Vancouver". Associated Press. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Brent Jang. "Trump brand arrives in B.C. with Vancouver tower plan". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Trump International Hotel Vancouver is permanently closed | Urbanized". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "Trump name officially removed from Vancouver hotel building - BC |". Global News. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  16. ^ Chan, Kenneth (March 15, 2022). "Paradox Hotel Vancouver prepares for opening ahead of peak tourism season". Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  17. ^ "Toronto hotel has to pay millions to Donald Trump's company to drop his brand". Financialpost.

External links Edit

*City of Vancouver building proposal (PDF, includes pictures; accessed on January 28, 2006)