/Get Inspired/Spaces

StudioAC’s Annex Hotel Embraces Plywood Chic

Wall-to-wall workbenches and custom built platforms define this plywood haven

By Sara Cunningham
Photography by Jeremie Warshafsky

Converting a 100-plus-year-old Annex building (a former multi-storey horse stable and the home of Toronto’s first hidden bar, the Green Room) into a modern boutique hotel took imagination and thrift. But what looked like a constraint turned into design gold. “Because of the existing conditions,” says architecture firm StudioAC, “we were able to create suites that run in a landscape configuration along the length of the facade, creating a lot of opportunity for natural light.”

A 60-centimetre-wide birch plywood ledge spans the room, from foot of bed to bathroom vanity. LED strip lighting illuminates a custom alcove.

The layout is anchored by a prefinished birch plywood “work bench” that runs the full length of the space, under the windows. The millwork, by local collaborators Joeldidthis and RDG, functions as media stand, desk, art display and bathroom vanity – translating into less clutter and improved continuity. theannex.com

The Takeaway

Location, budget and window orientation will always come into play when designing a bedroom. “That being said,” says StudioAC, “some principles will almost always remain ideal, like access to view, natural light and a sensation of privacy.”


Get the Look

1 Noah Bed by e15.

2 ODGER Chair by IKEA, from $89.

Marcel Nightstand by EQ3, from $349.

Tied Pendant by Menu, available at The Modern Shop from $49.

5 Hee Lounge by Hay, available at Urban Mode from $444.

6 Seed Hook by Good Thing, available at Average from $14.

Captain Flint Floor by Flos, available at Lightform. Call for pricing.


Categories: Spaces

Latest Tweets Follow Us
  • Designlines Magazine1 day ago
    A number of Danish architecture firms are adding brilliant projects to Toronto's skyline https://t.co/y4lnMynVh1
  • Designlines Magazine2 days ago
    A great summer camp for budding designers - and future city builders - at @UofTDaniels 🌞 https://t.co/e24Lk1JFIo
  • Designlines Magazine2 days ago
    RT @sanuradesign: Totally in love with this innovative use of a defunct pool in #summerhill by @JoelLoblaw via @DesignlinesMag #designinspi…
  • Designlines Magazine2 days ago
    RT @Iris9: Still love this project by Oben Flats much mucho RT Why We’re Crushing on Harbord's Orange Townhouses https://t.co/3dNEfB9uMc (v…
  • Designlines Magazine5 days ago
    LAST CHANCE for our Flash Sale! Get 30% off Sitewide! Use the promo code FLASH at checkout: https://t.co/aQIYyuxhTV https://t.co/j7KCLWXxFX