Gusto 501 Restaurant / Partisans

Curated by Paula Pintos
RESTAURANT • TORONTO, CANADA
Architects : Partisans
Area : 9500 ft²
Year : 2020
Photographs : Nic Lehoux, Jonathan Friedman
Manufacturers : AutoDesk, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Sika, panoramah!®, Altro, American Standard, Atlas Meridian Glassworks, Cle Tile, Crestron, Johnsonite, Lithonia Lighting, Maharam, Sherwin-Williams, Thermafiber, Unilock, Uponor, Viabizzuno, Wastberg, Access Lighting, Beghelli, +14

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Textual content description supplied by the architects. Gusto 501 is the newest restaurant by acclaimed restaurateur Janet Zuccarini situated in downtown Toronto. PARTISANS was tasked with the duty to create an unprecedented bar and restaurant expertise that’s sculptural, experimental, and extremely practical. Taking inspiration from the commercial neighborhood and the footprint of the earlier automotive storage, PARTISANS designed a putting up to date landmark for the stylish neighborhood. The facade is an enormous wall of glass that hyper glides to open and create pure air flow for the restaurant, which is framed by two partitions product of terracotta and metal. Impressed by Zuccarini’s Italian background, PARTISANS labored with terracotta to make a serious assertion for the inside’s aesthetics.

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Utilizing advanced software program fashions, PARTISANS reduce the brick in angles of six variants creating a novel undulating, corbeled impact, by which lighting is fastidiously positioned all through. PARTISANS labored intently with a mason to fastidiously place these totally different block sorts and in coordinating the small print of the built-in lights and electrical conduit, that give Gusto 501 the distinctive back-lit undulating partitions. Pure mild from the glass roof 50-feet above creates a vigorous play of shadows on the textured partitions, and at evening, LEDs embedded inside the blocks present atmospheric illumination.

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The confined lot area of solely 30 by 60 ft provided the studio a problem to go in opposition to the status-quo of restaurant design, by building up. PARTISANS created 5 distinct eating areas throughout 4 flooring with new experiences, totally different sightlines, and culinary applications. The 280-seat restaurant delivers a wide range of experiences throughout the flooring: the bottom degree includes a sidewalk terrace and foremost eating room with its open pizza oven, woodfired grill, and take-out window; whereas the mezzanine includes a wine bar—partially veiled by darkish steel mesh screens—overlooking the eating room beneath; the second degree is a light-flooded cocktail bar with a bridge to the “Attico”—a personal chef’s tasting room with a devoted kitchen, and above it, all is a roof terrace the place friends can take pleasure in drinks and light-weight snacks in addition to west-facing views of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower and town’s skyline.

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Concerning the Restaurant: Positioned in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood, Gusto 501 brings collectively the innovation of sister restaurant Gusto 101 and the soulful hospitality of Janet Zuccarini’s famend restaurant group Gusto 54. Gusto 54 started in Toronto with the opening of Trattoria Nervosa in 1996. Proprietor and CEO Janet Zuccarini is within the enterprise of making eating places with soul. Gusto 54 has been constructed with a respect for what has come earlier than us and a ardour to be new and related. To at the present time, we proceed to carry individuals collectively to take pleasure in life. Gusto 54 is a tribute to household, innovation, meals, and design that respects the previous whereas rewriting the principles.