Terrain Hotel is a second-year studio project in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood that aims to connect visitors to the city’s local culture and geographic history through a curved spatial gesture. Curved wood panels whose lines originate from Toronto’s original and manufactured shorelines are applied wall-to-ceiling to develop an intimate café setting at the entrance of the hotel, in keeping with the architectural vernacular of the neighbourhood.
The common area includes concierge space, retail space for a coffee bar, and grab-and-go market allowing for interaction between guests and local residents. Minimal glass thresholds between spaces and a large lightwell better connects visitors to our famous Canadian climate. A fourth story rooftop terrace with elevator access also allows guests to experience Toronto’s skyline firsthand. The new space was designed with principles of universal accessibility in mind, and sustainable building practices that aim for minimal intervention to avoid waste, green material selection, and south-facing window awnings to improve passive energy management. Building materials and colour palette are inspired by textures found in the natural and urban landscape.
Current site of Annex Hotel, 296 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, Ontario