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

When the prolonged-awaited Ace Resort Toronto lastly opened this summer time, it became an prompt cultural feeling (not to point out the cover star of our September/October difficulty). Made by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the constructing is an remarkable harmony of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered foyer bar and sunken eating space equally taking care of to sense simultaneously grand and intimate. 

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

But the common downtown destination however has an additional trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th floor, to be correct. On Friday, the Ace Hotel Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. A further nearby establishment in the generating, it offers the ending contact to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named immediately after the very first function-duration movie to be produced in Canada, Evangeline appears destined to participate in an specially prominent position on the TIFF social calendar. That said, Torontonians will be happy to hear it also plans to host open-to-absolutely everyone DJ nights and dance parties all yr extended, complementing a menu of snacks and compact dishes by Patrick Kriss (of Michelin star-successful Alo fame).

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

As with the Ace Lodge Toronto’s other hospitality areas, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — section downtown penthouse and section rural cabin. Functioning with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Lodge Group’s in-dwelling Atelier Ace layout staff developed a color palette that conjures a wander in the woods on a crisp drop working day, pairing muddy eco-friendly hues with pick 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 Hotel Toronto is a Adore Letter to the City

7 several years in the making, the Ace Hotel Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork cloth. Shim-Sutcliffe’s initially important hospitality venture enables individuals to witness the firm’s putting awareness to detail up close.

Developing on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to one particular of Toronto’s signature making products, featured through substantially of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit below rows of vertical crimson bricks that further contribute to the space’s rustic heat.

Brutalist accents keep on another a single of the Ace Resort Toronto’s main motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, mounted below on either aspect of the room’s northern fire.

These heavier factors contrast the lounge’s gentle wood ceilings and wooden-framed furnishings, designed all the extra inviting by their slightly classic appear. A sequence of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of at ease domesticity.

An additional especially charming touch is the periscope-esque lights that extends down from the ceiling. In preserving with the Ace Hotel’s behavior of partnering with nearby designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s personalized fixtures ended up created 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 out of doors patio that looks around a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s ever-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s inside can take on an specially passionate ambiance appear sunset, when its caramel tones genuinely appear to lifetime. And for people who demonstrate up a bit later on in the evening, the vibrant lights of the towers out the window introduce a further type of cinematic glow. For visitors and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan house is a testament to Toronto’s special mix of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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