Canadian hotel opens with smart windows

  • September 13, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

The newly opened Versante Hotel in Richmond, Canada, has smart windows from Californian firm View that use artificial intelligence to adjust automatically in response to outdoor conditions.

The five-star boutique hotel, owned by Sunwins Enterprise, is part of the International Trade Centre, an expansive mixed-use complex developed by Sunwins near Vancouver International Airport. The complex consists of numerous new high-end shops and restaurants, as well as two class-A office towers.

Guests in each of Versante’s 100 luxury rooms and suites enjoy access to View smart windows, which use artificial intelligence to adjust automatically in response to outdoor conditions, eliminating the need for blinds and optimising thermal comfort. The windows have been shown to generate health and wellness benefits for building occupants.

A recent study found people working next to View smart windows slept an average of 37 minutes more per night and experienced half as many headaches compared with those working next to standard windows with blinds.

The distinctly designed rooms at the hotel feature vibrant colours with bold designs and textures in addition to lavish amenities such as freestanding soaker bathtubs that sit next to the floor-to-ceiling smart windows. From their rooms, guests will be able to enjoy continuous, glare-free views of the North Shore mountains, Fraser River and Vancouver Island.

“With the Versante Hotel, we set out to raise the bar for the hospitality industry as a whole,” said David Currell, general manager for the Versante Hotel. “View smart windows contribute to a truly differentiated experience where guests can not only soak in spectacular views and enjoy world-class amenities, but also feel and perform at their best.”

The 14-story hotel has a full-service spa, restaurant, outdoor pool and a 24-hour business centre, as well as a fitness studio. All 100 soundproofed rooms use pillowtop beds, a double sink vanity, arched backlit mirrors and rainforest shower.

“View is on a mission to transform buildings to enhance occupant experiences and improve human health,” said Guthrie Cox, president in Canada for View. “We are thrilled to bring the game-changing benefits of View smart windows to guests staying at the Versante Hotel.”

The windows use artificial intelligence to adjust in response to the sun, eliminating the need for blinds and increasing access to natural light. Every installation includes a cloud-connected smart building platform that can be extended to improve indoor cellular coverage and enhance building security.