Earthy tones and exposed concrete to create ‘cosy’ bar

Earthy tones and exposed concrete imbibe the space of the new rooftop bar and lounge at the recently opened Ace Hotel Toronto with a cosy vibe.

This theme has been continued on from the lobby by local design studio Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. The 80-seat bar named Evangeline, overlooks Toronto cityscape from the 14th floor of the new hotel by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, with interiors by Atelier Ace – the hospitality group’s in-house design team.


“With energy swinging from sunset cooldowns to late night revelry, Evangeline celebrates creativity through a keen eye for curation — drinks, bites, sounds and sights,” said a statement from Ace Hotel. “Its name is an ode to the first feature film out of Canada and its atmosphere influenced by the creative spark of the silver screen.”

Serving craft cocktails and small plates by chef Patrick Kriss, the bar comprises a cosy indoor space and an outdoor terrace, divided by a fully glazed wall.

The plant-filled patio faces south and west, enjoying views of Downtown Toronto and capitalising on sunset vistas.

“A lush display of plants moves from indoors to outdoors, where the furnishings adopt a more casual, contemporary tone,” said the Ace Hotel team.

The indoor space features tall ceilings and is bookended by large fireplaces – one of which is flanked by sculptural ceramic tiles by Montreal-based artist David Umemoto.

Continuing the earthy colour palette from the hotel’s lobby, various seating options in the bar feature cosy sage green and pale terracotta cushions, and the tables are mostly wood.

A row of thick, board-marked concrete columns along one side of the room creates smaller seating nooks in between and delineates the lounge from the bar service area.

Vintage-style patterned rugs cover the tiled floor, while light fixtures were custom-designed for the space by Toronto studio MSDS.

Evangeline opened to the public on 21 October 2022, following the hotel’s debut in July.

Images by William Jess Laird via Dezeen

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