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THE DRAKE HOTEL MODERN WING TORONTO

The Modern Wing at Toronto’s Drake Hotel brings a sophisticated next chapter for the legendary West Queen West hub. The five-storey addition to the original nineteenth century Classic Wing provides the hotel with a living room-style lobby, an intimate street front bar, meeting and event spaces, 32 new guest rooms (for a total of 51), and a rooftop penthouse suite with a large terrace.

DesignAgency realized the Modern Wing’s interiors in collaboration with the Drake’s in-house design team and original Drake hotel designer John Tong of +tongtong, with Diamond Schmitt Architects as the building’s architects.

DesignAgency imagined the lobby as a place where guests and locals alike can meet and savour the Drake’s famed cocktails. The ambiance created by the whitewashed brick fireplace and lobby bar is classic hospitality spiked with contemporary panache. Located by the entrance, the lobby bar capitalizes on the flow of energy between indoors and out. Members of the design team are all avid travellers for work and pleasure. Their deep understanding of the elements that add up to a great hotel stay guided the design of the guest rooms. The rooms’ saturated palettes, feature artists, and signature wallpapers change from floor to floor, giving each a unique mood. Finishing touches such as custom-made quilts, patterned rugs and lighting by local artisans, underscore the hotel’s reverence for creative expression.

The 1,000 square-foot, two-bedroom Rooftop Suite is the epitome of the Drake’s idiosyncratic personality and spirited approach, fearlessly mixing bold patterns with a sophisticated more-is-more attitude. Wall-to-wall glass doors open to a large south-facing terrace that invites sunset cocktails at the end of a luxe staycation or serves as the perfect backdrop for a private party. The Drake’s Modern Wing reanimates Toronto’s West Queen West corridor and gives the community an aspirational new meeting space while offering guests improved accessibility and an expanded variety of fun room options.

CLIENT: THE DRAKE HOTEL. PHOTOGRAPHY: BRANDON BARRE