As the Gladstone Hotel continues to operate as a participatory-oriented arts and culture hub on Queen St. West, the historical value of the building is further emphasized by ‘echoing’ primary gestures and elements of the existing architecture. To create a ‘sense of place’, the iconic Gladstone Hotel will remain at its core, a place of cultivation on multiple fronts. This proposal enhances the heritage qualities of the building to serve not only as a public space, but as a destination—a place of return for both local and international guests.
Upon entering, the aroma emanating from the espresso bar will draw guests towards the integrated reading lounge. The notion of private and public space is explored between the two as they are often associated with one another. Maximizing the double-height ceiling, a semi-suspended mezzanine will carve out private reading alcoves, while working tables and public lounge seating are immediately adjacent. Rhythmic wooden slats will double as visual dividers and a more intuitive means of wayfinding. By creating a proportional scheme mirroring that of the current architecture, the presence of the existing building is acknowledged as a significant guide. While elements of change vary in scale, the overall approach is to introduce delicate moments of intervention while being reminiscent of the past.
Jessica currently studies at the Ryerson School of Interior Design in Toronto, Ontario. Her creative endeavors originate from passion-filled curiosity. Fuelled by an inquisitive nature, she is continually learning how an explorative process can provoke profound solutions. Jessica aspires to create beautiful, stimulating, and impactful experiences through an integrated approach.