DesignAgency was commissioned by Innvest Hotels to design the first St.Regis hotel in Canada, in the heart of Toronto’s city core. The hotel conversion into one of Marriott’s premium luxury brands solidifies Toronto’s reputation as a premier travel destination. Inspired by the rich history of the southern Ontario landscape, the cultural richness and history of the city itself, the lobby symbolizes Toronto as the original “place of meeting” – the hub of commerce, culture, and craft. The design highlights a feature sculpture from Ontario artist Edward Falkenberg, and the ceiling topographical installation from local fabricators Moss & Lam – are both inspired by the changing landscape of southern Ontario. Rich materials and warm tones open the Astor Lounge to the reception area, reading as one continuous volume with intimate seating areas designed for a casual lunch, or an informal meeting. The Astor Lounge has a well appointed café and evening bar stocked with champagne and your choice specialty cocktails. The textural quality of the space is heightened by intimate custom lighting throughout the space, making it a perfect spot for morning coffee or an evening cocktail.