+tongtong reinvents eclectic drake devonshire inn by lake ontario
 
+tongtong reinvents eclectic drake devonshire inn by lake ontario
may 01, 2015

+tongtong reinvents eclectic drake devonshire inn by lake ontario

+tongtong reinvents eclectic drake devonshire inn by lake ontario
photography by nikolas koenig

 

 

 

toronto-based design studio +tongtong has converted a former foundry into a brand new boutique hotel situated right on the waterfront by lake ontario, wellington. the revitalized drake devonshire inn perches over a meandering creek providing guests with breathtaking views of crystal clear waters on one side and the forest on the other. the design approach draws inspiration from summer camps, the historical background and references southern ontario’s farmhouses and cottages. meanwhile parts of the original heritage is respected- illustrated in the original brickwork around the site- contemporary touches are added into the mix, resulting in a unique and comfortable retreat away from the city.

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the restaurant and bar draws its influence from a traditional general store
image © nikolas koenig

 

 

 

internally, the diverse combination of areas makes for a enjoyable experience for families, couple and children. with 11-rooms and two-suites, each space has been carefully decorated in an eclectic manner, with a mix-match of furnishings, playful patterns and materials- translating a lighthearted and sophisticated ambience. architecturally, elements of the of classic country house is highlighted with a outdoor barn-like pavilion for picnics, whereas the large bar reflects a country general store. the luxury suite, shaped like an A-framed cabin, captures panoramic views of the lake during the day simultaneously a private deck is available to sit beneath the stars at night. with a sister hotel in toronto, the reinvented drake devonshire inn balances old with new elements, providing visitors with a getaway to the natural canadian landscape.

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the restaurant looks out to the clear waters of the lake
image © nikolas koenig

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private waterfront facing lake ontario
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on the exterior, the building references summer country cabins
image © nikolas koenig

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indoor and outdoor barn-like building
image © nikolas koenig

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remnants of the previous brick wall is shown against the new contemporary additions
image © nikolas koenig

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image © nikolas koenig

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image © nikolas koenig

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the playroom, references to a summer camp which looks out to the garden
image © nikolas koenig

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multiple textures and patterns were incorporated into each room for an eclectic feel
image © nikolas koenig

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during the evenings, a fireplace warms the outside decking
image © nikolas koenig

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image © nikolas koenig

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image © nikolas koenig

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