307 | Map Room
The Map Room inscribes the ephemeral/social/geographical history of the hotel directly onto the architectural fabric of the establishment walls.
- Double bed
- 180sq ft (17 sq m)
- 3 piece bathroom with hairdryer
- Hypo-allergenic duvet and pillows, 300 thread count sheets
- Studio-size ironing board (full sized ironing board available by calling the Front Desk)
- Coffee and tea service in the 3rd floor lounge (7am-10am)
- Telephone with private voice mail and free local calls
- 32″- 43″ Smart TV
- All-natural Canadian bath products
- Safety deposit box
Find out more about our complimentary and extra room amenities HERE.
Designed by Michael Steele.
Michael Steele is a Toronto-based designer of interiors, who currently works at a Queen West boutique design firm. He has completed a degree in Interior Design from Ryerson University, has studied new media at The British Columbia Institute of Technology, and holds an Art History Degree from the University of Victoria. His interest in visual art, sculpture, mobile manufacture, interactivity, transformability and contextualism has fed into much of his work over the past nine years living in Toronto.
A visitor will survey the surface of a city and construct their own physical and mental picture through experience. The Map Room sets out to engage with these ideas of “mapping”- to acclimatize and then to disseminate.
In the Map Room, a whitewashed ceiling and headboard wall schematically chart the city streets surrounding the Gladstone Hotel using traditional mitered frame moldings to define city blocks, parks and major streets, and allowing the visitor to make connections with their closely held bible: the city map.
Set against this three dimensional wall and ceiling detail, a mid-century inspired mobile tracks the movement of travel from point A to B using counter-balanced and rotating black spheres. This kinetic sculpture pin points the location of the Gladstone Hotel and the visitor’s “you are here” starting point.
The room’s color scheme and detailing takes cues from the city map, framed and magnetized above the writing desk. A stitching detail in the headboard for example, defines the paths of the Toronto Island Ferry routes. A line drawing of the ferry route and street grid repeats on a drawing in the washroom, allowing the visitor to make connections between details. The picture of the Queen above the headboard close to the ceiling, acts as a visual clue marking Queen Street, and plays with the meaning of the old adage – “just lie back and think of England.”
THANKS | Peter Kingstone, Suanne McGregor, Christina Ziedler, Lesley Kriekle, Louie De Luca, Gerald Hannon, Lilly Liaukus, and Alana Boychuk.