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

When the lengthy-awaited Ace Hotel Toronto at last opened this summer season, it grew to become an prompt cultural feeling (not to point out the protect star of our September/Oct concern). Developed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the developing is an impressive harmony of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered foyer bar and sunken dining room equally controlling to experience concurrently grand and personal. 

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

But the well-known downtown desired destination nonetheless has another trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th flooring, to be specific. On Friday, the Ace Hotel Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. Another regional institution in the generating, it offers the ending touch to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named just after the initial attribute-length movie to be manufactured in Canada, Evangeline seems destined to engage in an specifically prominent part on the TIFF social calendar. That explained, Torontonians will be pleased to listen to it also plans to host open up-to-everybody DJ evenings and dance functions all yr extensive, complementing a menu of treats and small dishes by Patrick Kriss (of Michelin star-profitable Alo fame).

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

As with the Ace Hotel Toronto’s other hospitality areas, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — section downtown penthouse and part rural cabin. Functioning with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Hotel Group’s in-property Atelier Ace layout crew designed a colour palette that conjures a walk in the woods on a crisp slide day, pairing muddy environmentally friendly hues with choose 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 Love Letter to the Metropolis

7 a long time in the building, the Ace Lodge Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork fabric. Shim-Sutcliffe’s very first key hospitality venture enables people to witness the firm’s hanging consideration to element up near.

Constructing on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to a single of Toronto’s signature building elements, showcased throughout significantly of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit down below rows of vertical purple bricks that further lead to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents carry on a different a person of the Ace Resort Toronto’s principal motifs. Rugged concrete columns complement a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, put in here on possibly facet of the room’s northern hearth.

These heavier aspects distinction the lounge’s light-weight wood ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, designed all the additional inviting by their a bit vintage seem. A collection of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of at ease domesticity.

One more especially charming contact is the periscope-esque lights that extends down from the ceiling. In holding with the Ace Hotel’s behavior of partnering with community designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s custom made fixtures ended up 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 outdoor patio that seems in excess of a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s interior takes on an especially intimate ambiance come sunset, when its caramel tones really appear to lifetime. And for individuals who demonstrate up a little bit later on in the evening, the brilliant lights of the towers out the window introduce a different kind of cinematic glow. For people and locals alike, the cozy-satisfies-cosmoplitan area is a testomony to Toronto’s one of a kind mix of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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