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

When the very long-awaited Ace Lodge Toronto lastly opened this summertime, it became an quick cultural sensation (not to point out the protect star of our September/October situation). Developed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the building is an outstanding equilibrium of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken eating place equally controlling to truly feel simultaneously grand and personal. 

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

But the popular downtown place even now has an additional 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. A different community institution in the producing, it delivers the ending touch to a landmark architectural undertaking that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named immediately after the very first characteristic-duration film to be made in Canada, Evangeline appears destined to perform an especially outstanding part on the TIFF social calendar. That reported, Torontonians will be happy to listen to it also plans to host open up-to-anyone DJ nights and dance get-togethers all calendar year long, complementing a menu of snacks and smaller 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 Resort Toronto’s other hospitality areas, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — portion downtown penthouse and part rural cabin. Working with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Resort Group’s in-property Atelier Ace style and design team designed a color palette that conjures a wander in the woods on a crisp drop day, pairing muddy green hues with find hits of coppery red.

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 Really like Letter to the Metropolis

7 several years in the creating, the Ace Hotel Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork cloth. Shim-Sutcliffe’s 1st significant hospitality venture enables people today to witness the firm’s hanging awareness to detail up shut.

Constructing on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to just one of Toronto’s signature setting up products, featured all over significantly of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit underneath rows of vertical pink bricks that additional contribute to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents continue on an additional 1 of the Ace Hotel Toronto’s primary motifs. Rugged concrete columns complement a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, put in here on either aspect of the room’s northern hearth.

These heavier components distinction the lounge’s gentle wood ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, made all the far more inviting by their marginally vintage seem. A series of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of cozy domesticity.

An additional especially charming contact is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In maintaining with the Ace Hotel’s practice of partnering with local designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s personalized fixtures were made 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 outdoor patio that seems to be in excess of a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s inside will take on an particularly romantic ambiance come sunset, when its caramel tones actually occur to lifestyle. And for individuals who clearly show up a bit afterwards in the evening, the brilliant lights of the towers out the window introduce one more style of cinematic glow. For visitors and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan place is a testomony to Toronto’s special blend of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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