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

When the long-awaited Ace Lodge Toronto at last opened this summer season, it became an fast cultural feeling (not to mention the address star of our September/Oct difficulty). Built by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the creating is an impressive harmony of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken eating home both equally controlling to feel simultaneously grand and personal. 

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

But the common downtown destination nonetheless has a different trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th floor, to be exact. On Friday, the Ace Hotel Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. One more neighborhood institution in the creating, it presents the finishing contact to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named right after the to start with element-size film to be manufactured in Canada, Evangeline would seem destined to play an especially well known purpose on the TIFF social calendar. That mentioned, Torontonians will be happy to listen to it also programs to host open-to-anyone DJ evenings and dance parties all 12 months lengthy, complementing a menu of treats and modest 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 — part downtown penthouse and aspect rural cabin. Performing with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Lodge Group’s in-home Atelier Ace layout workforce produced a colour palette that conjures a stroll in the woods on a crisp tumble day, pairing muddy inexperienced hues with pick out hits of coppery purple.

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

Seven yrs in the making, the Ace Hotel Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork fabric. Shim-Sutcliffe’s to start with big hospitality job lets folks to witness the firm’s putting attention to depth up shut.

Setting up on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to one particular of Toronto’s signature setting up components, featured all over a great deal of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit below rows of vertical purple bricks that even more contribute to the space’s rustic heat.

Brutalist accents proceed another a person of the Ace Hotel Toronto’s primary motifs. Rugged concrete columns enhance a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, mounted below on possibly aspect of the room’s northern fire.

These heavier features distinction the lounge’s light-weight wood ceilings and wooden-framed furnishings, made all the more inviting by their a little classic look. A series of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of snug domesticity.

A different specifically charming touch is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In preserving with the Ace Hotel’s pattern of partnering with area designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s custom fixtures were being 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 outside patio that appears to be above a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s interior will take on an particularly passionate ambiance arrive sunset, when its caramel tones genuinely appear to daily life. And for those who exhibit up a bit afterwards in the evening, the bright lights of the towers out the window introduce a further style of cinematic glow. For readers and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan room is a testomony to Toronto’s exclusive blend of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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