Eagar + Co. Architecture + Design with Mackay Wong Strategic Design win top design award with the Boilerhouse Restaurant complex in Toronto’s historic Distillery District

The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) awarded these two firms with the prestigious "Project of the Year" award, bestowed only to projects that demonstrate the comprehensive, in-depth and innovative use of interior design disciplines and which recognize the health, safety and well-being of the public. It has been 3 years since the award was last given, illustrating ARIDO’s high standards. The project also received the "Award of Excellence" as a collaborative project of the two companies, both based in Toronto.

Located in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District the Cityscape Developments’ rejuvenation of the old Gooderham Worts Distillery lands the two restaurants in the Boilerhouse complex were identified by the clients as crucial to the property’s future, a keystone contribution to the Distillery District becoming a destination within the city.

The project represented a programmatic challenge establishing two restaurants utilizing common support facilities and services. This adaptive reuse project emphasizes the essence of the materials and the architectural pedigree of the site. A sense of prior occupation is suggested through a collage of rescued artifacts, markings and materials found on the site. Stephen Teeple of Teeple Architects states: "In the Boilerhouse, Simon (Principal of Eagar + Co.) has delivered his signature detailing and design style to evoke and combine the "memory" of the building into a subtle and dramatic contemporary space." The resulting Boilerhouse restaurant design choreographs the evocation of the industrial history of the buildings within a modern context.

The project is also a listed finalist in the International Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design being presented in New York City next month. The Gold Key Award for Excellence in hospitality design is widely regarded as the premier interior design competition for the hospitality industry.