The Thompson Hotel and Residences, combining private and highly public, socially active spaces, represents a type of development that is relatively new to Toronto and which has completely reinvented an important 19th century neighbourhood. The program of residential, hotel and hospitality uses is clearly expressed in the built form. Three bar buildings span a city block from north to south, linked by a fourth bar set along the northern edge of the site.
The first bar, skinned in clear and translucent glass, houses the 95-room boutique hotel and rooftop lounge and marks the intersection of Bathurst and Wellington as a social destination. The remaining three bars house private residences, and the bays between each bar form a pair of garden courts that connect the Thompson with a 19th century city park on Wellington Street.