The Drake Hotel is a Toronto hotel destination located in the Queen West neighbourhood and is well known for its celebration of community, culture, and contemporary art. Originally opening in 2004, they have “sought to create a neighbourhood hub that provides a unique sense of place; to bridge the art of the moment with intentional hospitality, to ignite curiosity within travellers, revellers, neighbours and our local friends”.
Over the last few years, the Drake Hotel expanded with the addition of the “Modern Wing”. The completed project has achieved the Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 requirements for sustainable design.
“The Drake’s in-house design team and local creative visionaries Diamond Schmitt Architects, John Tong of +tongtong, and international studio DesignAgency, alongside art curation by The Drake’s Curator Ashley Mulvihill, the group developed a meaningful vision that embodies a deep connection to our neighbourhood and the city.”
– The Drake
The five-story expansion allows for 32 new hotel rooms as well as a rooftop suite & terrace. The new “Modern Wing” is a contemporary design that contrasts the “Classic Wing” that once housed the entire hotel. Though originally two lots, the wings are now connected through a new ground floor main lobby, where Franklin Terrazzo Company Inc. created a seamless transition from classic to modern through their terrazzo installation.
Franklin Terrazzo Company Inc. created 6 colours to match the pastel shades of the original portland cement terrazzo of the vintage building. The new lobby features jewel tone terrazzo floors with a modern design full if dynamic energy and movement. The 9mm epoxy terrazzo floor spans 2,000 square feet over a moisture mitigation membrane and crack isolation membrane. The patterns were created with 1/8” zinc strips to define the crisp edges of the design.