Giannone Petricone Associates rescues Ontario lodge from spoil

Toronto studio Giannone Petricone Associates has spent a decade restoring a dilapidated lodge in Ontario, linking the constructing’s previous and current by regionally influenced design particulars.

Positioned in Picton, a city in Prince Edward County (PEC) that lies near the shores of Lake Ontario, The Royal Lodge was in dangerous form when the Sorbara household bought it in 2013.

The Royal Lodge’s interiors draw upon a mixture Victorian and up to date influences, as seen within the reception space. Picture by Graydon Herriott

The brand new house owners employed Giannone Petricone Associates (GPA) to save lots of what they might of the present constructing, which was first accomplished in 1879, and remodel it into up to date lodgings.

“Its central staircase was lined with a lush carpet of inexperienced moss, and early within the planning section, the roof caved in,” stated the lodge staff.

Bar surrounded by tambour panelling
One among 4 lodge bars is lined with tambour panelling

“However the household vowed to revive the property and produce it again to life as a nexus for each locals and company of PEC’s burgeoning meals and wine area.”

The architects had been in a position to salvage three of the unique brick partitions, and inside them created a restaurant, three bars, a fine-dining restaurant; and a spa, gymnasium and sauna.

Lounge area in front of undulated plaster fireplace surround
Playful design components embrace ceiling rosettes that mimic water ripples

A landscaped terrace overlooks a fourth bar and a brick patio with lounge seating, whereas an outside swimming pool flanked by a row of cabana beds lies past.

A complete of 33 visitor rooms can be found: 28 in the principle three-storey lodge constructing, and an extra 5 suites in a rebuilt secure named The Royal Annex.

Cosy lounge with dark tambour fireplace surround
One other cosy lounge space options darkish tambour panels round its fire

For the interiors, GPA performed on tropes of Victorian railway resorts, mixing formal components of British custom with PEC’s extra laid-back rural sensibility.

“The Royal is designed to be a transporting expertise whereas deeply rooted within the native context,” stated GPA principal Pina Petricone. “The expertise advantages from the charged distinction between ‘genteel’ and ‘actual’ components.”

Within the foyer, the reception desk is wrapped in a floral sample and a wood shelving system kinds a boutique displaying objects on the market.

Tambour panelling traces the adjoining bar space, which flows right into a lounge the place softly undulated plasterwork frames a fire.

Bedroom with dark wood panelling and large marbled fireplace
The lodge affords 33 visitor rooms, which function particulars like cross-stitched headboards

Quite a lot of checkered and tartan patterns are discovered throughout hallway carpets, mosaic rest room tiles and cross-stitched headboards. Ceiling rosettes all through the areas are designed to imitate mushrooms and water ripples.

“We wished to have moments within the lodge that had been a bit nonsensical,” Petricone stated. “The Royal is about escapism, and our analysis into the lodge’s historical past demonstrated that it was at all times a reasonably quirky place.”

Bathroom with checkered mosaic tiles
Quite a lot of checkered patterns are discovered all through the lodge, together with within the mosaic rest room tiles

Different not too long ago opened resorts in Canada embrace the Ace Toronto, which boasts a suspended foyer and rooftop bar.

Final yr, the 1 Lodge Toronto by Rockwell Group and The Drake Lodge Fashionable Wing by DesignAgency, additionally within the metropolis, had been longlisted within the Lodge and Brief Keep Interiors class for the Dezeen Awards.

The pictures is by Doublespace, until said in any other case. Important picture is by Jeff McNeill.