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.”

Pod Times Square opens

Pod Hotels has opened their flag property in New York's Times Square neighborhood. It is their fifth of the micro-hotel concept and their first to offer extended stay "Pod Pads".

World's first Muji Hotel opens today

Wood-lined bedrooms, a minimal diner and a shop all feature inside the Muji Hotel in Shenzhen (China), which opens today. The Muji Hotel, located in the city's Futian district, is the first hospitality project initiated by the Japanese retailer, which is best-known for its minimalist homeware products.

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