First Look: The Ace Hotel Toronto’s New Rooftop Bar Evangeline

When the extended-awaited Ace Hotel Toronto finally opened this summer time, it grew to become an instantaneous cultural sensation (not to mention the cover star of our September/Oct concern). Created by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the setting up is an outstanding stability of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken dining space equally controlling to experience at the same time grand and personal. 

A view of the fireplace lounge area at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

But the well-liked downtown vacation spot nevertheless has another trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th floor, to be correct. On Friday, the Ace Lodge Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. An additional local institution in the producing, it provides the ending touch to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named following the 1st characteristic-duration film to be made in Canada, Evangeline looks destined to play an in particular well known purpose on the TIFF social calendar. That stated, Torontonians will be happy to hear it also designs to host open up-to-everybody DJ evenings and dance get-togethers all yr long, complementing a menu of treats and modest dishes by Patrick Kriss (of Michelin star-winning Alo fame).

A cozy grouping of furniture at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

As with the Ace Hotel Toronto’s other hospitality spaces, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — aspect downtown penthouse and component rural cabin. Doing work with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Hotel Group’s in-residence Atelier Ace layout crew designed a colour palette that conjures a stroll in the woods on a crisp fall working day, pairing muddy eco-friendly hues with select hits of coppery pink.

A lounge chair by the fireplace at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.
Brutalist wall art by David Umemoto at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.
Shim-Sutcliffe boldly suspended a bar from steel rods in the triple-height lobby of the Ace Hotel Toronto.

The Ace Resort Toronto is a Enjoy Letter to the Town

7 years in the making, the Ace Lodge Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork material. Shim-Sutcliffe’s 1st key hospitality undertaking enables folks to witness the firm’s striking awareness to detail up shut.

Building on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to a single of Toronto’s signature setting up materials, showcased during a great deal of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit down below rows of vertical pink bricks that further contribute to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents carry on a further one particular of the Ace Hotel Toronto’s major motifs. Rugged concrete columns complement a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, mounted right here on possibly facet of the room’s northern hearth.

These heavier components contrast the lounge’s gentle wood ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, built all the additional inviting by their somewhat classic glance. A sequence of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of at ease domesticity.

A different notably charming contact is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In retaining with the Ace Hotel’s behavior of partnering with regional designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s customized fixtures have been produced by Toronto studio MSDS.

A view of the outdoor patio at the Ace Hotel Toronto rooftop bar Evangeline.

The 50-seat indoor lounge is joined by a 30-seat outside patio that seems to be about a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s ever-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s interior takes on an in particular intimate ambiance come sunset, when its caramel tones definitely arrive to lifestyle. And for those who show up a bit later in the night, the vivid lights of the towers out the window introduce one more type of cinematic glow. For readers and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan place is a testament to Toronto’s one of a kind blend of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

By Ruby

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