Humber College The Humber Room Restaurant

At the Humber Room Restaurant guests enjoy fine dining in an elegant atmosphere, while students gain hands-on experience. The latest in a series of renovations by Gow Hastings Architects at Toronto’s Humber College Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts and Science, they transformed 3,982 sq.ft into a teaching restaurant where students gain real-time knowledge working in a high-end hospitality environment.

The restaurant’s glass entrance offers glimpses in and out of the dining area through full height glazing, allowing guests to observe the next generation of Canadian chefs train while they enjoy their meal. To ensure guests are not disturbed by the noise from adjacent teaching kitchens, the servery and washroom were strategically placed to buffer noise in the main dining area. Large, sliding wood doors close off the servery and contemporary custom oak millwork cleanly conceals services and equipment. Fabric wrapped acoustic paneling, stretched horizontally in uneven tones of orange, grey, white, and black create a dramatic backdrop while also absorbing ambient noise from surrounding conversations.

The restaurant’s varying ceiling heights of wood panelling and textile ceiling tiles define the textured interior. The feature bar gleams with marble, quartz and stainless steel surfaces, illuminated from behind by an orange-lit glass wall. A rectangular shelving unit with a glowing outer edge and reddish hue showcases available beverages. The twinkling LED lights from the clusters of Klaus Raimond pendant lights, bring the romance of the starry night inside. The reflection of the dome shaped network of LED lights off the illuminated wall of the bar infuses the dining room with an enchanting atmosphere.

The varying reflective and absorbent surfaces and finishes imbue the restaurant with a kinetic energy and elegance that allows visitors to appreciate the art of cooking while enjoying classic and creative fare produced by students enrolled in the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts and Science.

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Humber College, Toronto, ON
Size:  3,982 sq.ft.
Completion:  December 2013

Skilled, judicious use of materials in a neo-modernist idiom

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