Canada’s first Ace Hotel is coming to Toronto.
Designed by international award-winning Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, the 124 room, full-service hotel will include a 140-seat restaurant, 70-seat lobby area, unique rooftop bar and meeting facilities.
Atelier Ace, the agency and operator behind the Ace Hotel, said the project is slated to open in fall 2020, right in the heart of Toronto’s Fashion District at 51 Camden Street.
“Toronto is an expansive amalgam of cultures, languages, history, and future-forward ideas, and we couldn’t be more excited to call it home,” Kelly Sawdon, partner and chief brand officer, said in a press release. “Working with the deftly accomplished and visionary team at Shim-Sutcliffe to build a central gathering place for the city is an honor.”
The hotel will be developed in partnership between Zinc Developments and Alterra Group.
“Our partnership with The Ace Hotel, as announced by the hotel company, further demonstrates our uncanny ability to identify best in class operators,” said Ken Zuckerman, the founder of Zinc in the company’s press release. “Our foresight and professionalism have enabled us to execute the successful introduction of the hotel to the Toronto market and its first location in Canada.”
Situated in a mainly warehouse-dominated neighbourhood, Ace Hotel Toronto’s red brick and exposed board-formed concrete will be left unadorned as a celebration of process. With views overlooking a public park, the lobby will be an animated cultural hub, or what Shim-Sutcliffe noted as “the hotel’s truly civic lobby.”
The public spaces feature North American materials valued for their intrinsic strength and integrity, and tied to Toronto’s layered history and natural resources including, doug fir, red Toronto brick and steel. Architectural elements like exposed joints, knuckles and brick are a point of focus, reflecting a deep respect for form and material and the ways they can compose unlikely juxtapositions that layer mood and style to shape authentic experiences endemic to Toronto’s multicultural nuance.
“We share core elemental values with Atelier Ace and worked together to build a civic space that feels warm and welcoming, said Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in a statement. “A local place to gather, Ace Hotel Toronto is a contribution to the neighborhood and city itself, elevating Toronto’s rich history through form and materials, energized by its inhabitants and visitors.”
Photo courtesy of Shim-Sutcliffe