December 6, 2022

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

When the extensive-awaited Ace Lodge Toronto eventually opened this summertime, it became an fast cultural feeling (not to point out the go over star of our September/Oct difficulty). Created by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the developing is an amazing equilibrium of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered foyer bar and sunken dining space each taking care of to experience simultaneously grand and intimate. 

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

But the popular downtown location continue to has a different trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th flooring, to be precise. On Friday, the Ace Resort Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. An additional regional institution in the making, it provides the finishing contact to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named immediately after the initially function-length film to be designed in Canada, Evangeline would seem destined to engage in an primarily popular part on the TIFF social calendar. That said, Torontonians will be pleased to hear it also plans to host open-to-every person DJ nights and dance parties all calendar year long, complementing a menu of treats and tiny 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 — portion downtown penthouse and part rural cabin. Working with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Resort Group’s in-residence Atelier Ace layout group developed a colour palette that conjures a wander in the woods on a crisp tumble day, pairing muddy green hues with select 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 Lodge Toronto is a Appreciate Letter to the Town

7 years in the creating, the Ace Resort Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork material. Shim-Sutcliffe’s very first significant hospitality challenge enables folks to witness the firm’s putting attention to depth up near.

Making on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to 1 of Toronto’s signature setting up materials, featured through a lot of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit below rows of vertical purple bricks that even more add to the space’s rustic warmth.

Brutalist accents proceed a further just one of the Ace Hotel Toronto’s main motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, put in here on possibly facet of the room’s northern fireplace.

These heavier things distinction the lounge’s mild wood ceilings and wooden-framed furnishings, created all the extra inviting by their a little bit classic glance. A sequence of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of comfortable domesticity.

Another especially charming touch is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In holding with the Ace Hotel’s routine of partnering with area designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s customized 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 seems above a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s inside normally takes on an in particular intimate ambiance come sunset, when its caramel tones actually come to existence. And for those people who demonstrate up a bit afterwards in the evening, the dazzling lights of the towers out the window introduce a different style of cinematic glow. For visitors and locals alike, the cozy-fulfills-cosmoplitan place is a testament to Toronto’s one of a kind mix of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.