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

When the long-awaited Ace Lodge Toronto lastly opened this summer months, it grew to become an instant cultural sensation (not to point out the include star of our September/October issue). Intended by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the setting up is an impressive equilibrium of brawny concrete and woodsy detailing, with its cantilevered lobby bar and sunken eating home both taking care of to really feel simultaneously grand and intimate. 

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

But the well known downtown place however has a further trick up its sleeve — all the way up on the 14th flooring, to be exact. On Friday, the Ace Lodge Toronto debuted its rooftop bar, Evangeline. Yet another nearby establishment in the generating, it supplies the finishing touch to a landmark architectural endeavor that can now be admired in its entirety.

Named just after the initial function-size movie to be designed in Canada, Evangeline seems destined to perform an primarily prominent part on the TIFF social calendar. That stated, Torontonians will be delighted to listen to it also strategies to host open-to-all people DJ evenings and dance events all year lengthy, 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 Hotel Toronto’s other hospitality areas, the 80-seat lounge feels as cosmopolitan as it does calming — part downtown penthouse and portion rural cabin. Performing with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the Ace Lodge Group’s in-dwelling Atelier Ace design and style workforce designed a color palette that conjures a stroll in the woods on a crisp fall working day, pairing muddy green hues with find 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 Really like Letter to the City

7 yrs in the making, the Ace Lodge Toronto celebrates the city’s cultural scene — and its brickwork fabric. Shim-Sutcliffe’s first big hospitality undertaking lets folks to witness the firm’s putting attention to depth up near.

Setting up on the hotel’s precast brick façade — itself a nod to a person of Toronto’s signature setting up materials, highlighted in the course of a great deal of the city’s vernacular architecture — Evangeline’s two fireplaces sit under rows of vertical red bricks that even further add to the space’s rustic heat.

Brutalist accents keep on yet another one particular of the Ace Hotel Toronto’s principal motifs. Rugged concrete columns complement a pair of volumetric wall canvases by Montreal artist David Umemto, mounted listed here on either aspect of the room’s northern fireplace.

These heavier aspects contrast the lounge’s light-weight wooden ceilings and wood-framed furnishings, manufactured all the a lot more inviting by their slightly classic look. A collection of patterned rugs solidify the vibe of at ease domesticity.

A further significantly charming contact is the periscope-esque lighting that extends down from the ceiling. In trying to keep with the Ace Hotel’s behavior of partnering with nearby designer-makers, the rooftop bar’s custom fixtures ended up formulated 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 looks more than a row of grassy planters and out to Toronto’s at any time-evolving skyline.

Evangeline’s inside requires on an specially romantic ambiance come sunset, when its caramel tones actually arrive to existence. And for those people who clearly show up a little bit afterwards in the night, the brilliant lights of the towers out the window introduce an additional kind of cinematic glow. For guests and locals alike, the cozy-meets-cosmoplitan house is a testament to Toronto’s exceptional mix of the worldly, woodsy and whimsical.

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