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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design 
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL
    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
    Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside  

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design 

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design   

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design 

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    THE DRAKE HOTEL

    The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

    Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
    Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

    Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design 

DRAKE HOTEL
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THE DRAKE HOTEL

The neighborhood surrounding the original Drake Hotel was changing rapidly, a creative community charged by dozens of small galleries and vintage shops. The approach to its renovation was to acknowledge the hotel as constantly evolving, absorbing new activities and elements, but with stories of the original building that are bound and engaged with the continuing narrative of the new design. The neighborhood was studied through a series of photographic essays, distilling moments and the visual texture of Queen Street West that began to articulate a language that informed the design. The goal was to achieve both a timelessness and sensitivity to the context that exist in many memorable hotels and imaginatively engage the story of the Drake Hotel and its neighborhood, as recorded in the physical fabric of the building uncovered during the project, and to extend and enrich this story to encompass new interpretations by its new community of users.

Winner of the 7th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition, awarded by Canadian Interiors Magazine
Recipient of the Silver Award for Interior Design – Commercial, awarded by the National Post Design Exchange Awards

Design: John Tong, principal and designer in charge, 3rd Uncle design
Photography: Andrej Kopac / George Whiteside