+tongtong Redesign The Drake Devonshire Inn

+tongtong were tasked to reinvent a bed and breakfast and c.1880 foundry in the historic town of Wellington, Ontario. With help from ERA Architects who are specialists in heritage and conservation, they transformed the buildings into the Drake Devonshire Inn, a contemporary boutique hotel. The grand opening of the hotel is tomorrow, May 1st.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

The project description

In the small historic town of Wellington, in Prince Edward County, Drake hotelier and visionary Jeff Stober enlisted design firm +tongtong under the direction of John Tong to reinvent a tired bed and breakfast and original c. 1880 foundry into an 11-room and two-suite contemporary inn.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

Perched over a meandering creek and a private waterfront, with sweeping views of Lake Ontario, the inn is the rural counterpart to its hip, urban sister, Toronto’s Drake Hotel, also designed by Tong and his former firm, 3rd Uncle. The Drake’s approach was to draw inspiration from the cultural background and vernacular of the local community, while instilling a contemporary perspective.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

The Drake Devonshire takes aesthetic cues from a lexicon of references including; the British country inn, retreats in the Hamptons, summer camps, and Southern Ontario’s farmhouses and cottages, with their tapestry of historical layers and styles, practical adhoc renovations, readily available building materials, and mismatched furnishings.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

With the help of ERA Architects, specialists in heritage and conservation, Tong removed a series of additions that had been made to the original foundry and then “reinstated” them, with seemingly iterative additions.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

These include a ‘barn like’ pavilion, a Douglas Fir dining hall, a modernist special events space, the Glass Box and an outdoor bar featuring a masonry chimney and double-sided fireplace and its cedar bleachers that cascade to the Devonshire’s waterfront.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

The public areas offer a variety of open and private seating areas linked together through spaces that frame views and articulate the building’s new volumes and layers, presenting a building as an evolutionary experience, encouraging travellers to discover and delight in its offerings.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

Both the guest rooms and the public areas are teeming with doses of the Drake’s brand of idiosyncratic and mischievous personality.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

Bright and contrasting tiles are mixed with patterned fabrics and straight-forward materials in a deliberate, but seemingly ad-hoc manner that heighten the delicate balance of old and new.

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

Drake Devonshire Inn By +tongtong

Lead Design Firm: +tongtong | John Tong, Eunice Lam
Architects of Record: ERA Architects
Stylist: Carlo Colacci
Landscape Architect: Joel Loblaw

Photography by Nikolas Koenig

Luminaire – November 2018 – Ingo Maurer  Babadul Floor Lamp
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