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

When the long-awaited Ace Hotel Toronto finally opened this summer season, it grew to become an quick cultural sensation (not to mention the go over star of our September/October situation). Designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the creating is an impressive equilibrium of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken eating place each taking care of to feel concurrently grand and intimate. 

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

But the common downtown place however has yet another trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th flooring, to be specific. On Friday, the Ace Lodge Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. Yet another neighborhood institution in the creating, it gives the ending touch to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named soon after the initially characteristic-length film to be produced in Canada, Evangeline appears to be destined to perform an specially notable function on the TIFF social calendar. That claimed, Torontonians will be delighted to listen to it also plans to host open-to-everyone DJ nights and dance parties all year extensive, complementing a menu of treats and little 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 spaces, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — element downtown penthouse and section rural cabin. Doing the job with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Lodge Group’s in-home Atelier Ace style and design crew made a colour palette that conjures a stroll in the woods on a crisp drop working day, pairing muddy environmentally friendly hues with choose hits of coppery crimson.

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 Love Letter to the City

7 decades in the making, the Ace Hotel Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork material. Shim-Sutcliffe’s very first main hospitality task permits persons to witness the firm’s striking consideration to element up shut.

Setting up on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to one of Toronto’s signature developing components, showcased all over much of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit down below rows of vertical purple bricks that even further contribute to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents continue on yet another 1 of the Ace Lodge Toronto’s most important motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, installed right here on both side of the room’s northern hearth.

These heavier factors contrast the lounge’s gentle wood ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, manufactured all the far more inviting by their a little vintage look. A sequence of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of relaxed domesticity.

Yet another particularly charming contact is the periscope-esque lights that extends down from the ceiling. In holding with the Ace Hotel’s practice of partnering with neighborhood designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s custom fixtures were designed 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 appears to be around a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s inside will take on an especially intimate ambiance arrive sunset, when its caramel tones genuinely occur to everyday living. And for those who display up a little bit later in the night, the dazzling lights of the towers out the window introduce yet another kind of cinematic glow. For site visitors and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan area is a testomony to Toronto’s exceptional blend of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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