The long-anticipated Nobu Toronto condo/hotel complex was off to a bang with a star-studded 2018 ground-breaking, featuring an unexpected outburst from Hollywood icon Robert De Niro and some very flashy renderings of two shimmering towers in the sky.

Almost four years later, the two-tower complex is well under construction on Mercer Street in the Entertainment District. But the reality now materializing is looking like a pale imitation of the chic sculptural towers promised during the project’s marketing campaign.


Designed by Teeple Architects for developers Madison Group and Westdale Properties, the project was supposed to be a slice of Hollywood north of the border, its twinned 45-storey towers offering condo buyers an exclusive opportunity to invest in a property associated with cinema royalty.

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Most of this promise may wind up as accurate when the Nobu hotel and restaurant open in 2023, but the complex’s material execution is certainly not living up to the images advertised to help sell the over 650 condominium units within.

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The condo marketing machine behind the project describes the buildings as “distinctive, modern, unforgettable,” but photos show the use of the same type of ‘window wall’ style cladding used for mid-tier projects across the city. 

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It’s typically a much cheaper material than the slick “curtainwall” style glazing used on fancy new office towers like CIBC Square or the cleaner-looking hybrid systems used for some boutique and ultra-luxury condo developments.

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That doesn’t mean that window wall cladding is inherently cheap, but the style used for Nobu, specifically its erratic placement of suite vents and jumbled-looking window mullions, doesn’t scream “luxury” or “Hollywood.”

nobu torontoThe glass itself, advertised with a gold shimmer in renderings, instead appears to the eye as a muted grey. Not even a second-place silver. Flat grey. In some light, you’ll notice a bit

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