Location: London, ON
Construction Budget: TBD
Architect of Record: Invizij Architects
This urban redevelopment is revitalizing the former Embassy Hotel site in London’s Old East Village. The Embassy Hotel was originally built in the 1900’s and was London’s oldest hotel still in operation, before it burned in 2009. The 1980s and 90s saw live music become the Embassy’s main draw, with a wide range of genres including country, punk, and later indie, hip hop, rock, folk, jazz, and blues. The site was also home to the artist-led Embassy Cultural Hub.
Having been vacant for ten years, the site is about to undergo a dramatic transformation with affordable housing, community programming, and new arts and commercial space along this busy corridor. The project includes 75 one-bedroom apartments, yet is functionally designed as two communities with different street addresses. The design embraces the urban design guidelines for Old East Village and also includes artwork from local artists that reference the history of this site.