Abstracted Rustic: Forgotten Stables Restored

The Royal Annex

Pre­vi­ous­ly the for­got­ten sta­bles of the her­itage Roy­al Hotel, the struc­ture at #6 Ross Street was restored and re-designed as an Annex to the main Hotel in an effort to aug­ment the com­plex and its exte­ri­or spaces. Five gen­er­ous suites for longer term stays occu­py the sec­ond floor, while the ground floor hous­es the Roy­al’s admin­is­tra­tive spaces, stor­age, and a small street front gallery/retail space.

The main stair and suites’ entrance is tucked at the north­east cor­ner, ter­mi­nat­ing the slow ramp that leads to and from the main hotel.

Greet­ed by an antique horse quilt as you first enter the vestibule, the Annex sub­tly car­ries with it a theme laced by the orig­i­nal pur­pose of its restored struc­ture. Gain­ing its name from the idea of “attic suites,” Roy­al Annex is a kind of hid­den gem at the top a secret stair.

The mul­ti-valent wood-clad vol­umes accom­mo­date sup­port spaces – allow­ing the lofty bed­room spaces to expand into the ceil­ing scoops.

“The Annex was envi­sioned as a roman­ti­cized shed, so it’s anchored to the farm­ing con­text of the Coun­ty, but in a fresh way that expands and solid­i­fies a new con­tem­po­rary voice.” Pina Pet­ri­cone, Design­lines

The roof struc­ture was redesigned to allow for ‘scoops’ carved into the attic space from the ceil­ing, intend­ed to host cus­tom light fix­tures. These sculpt­ed ele­ments in wood relief are care­ful­ly posi­tioned in each of the five suites with cus­tom designed fix­tures ren­dered in undu­lat­ing pan­els of wool felt, punc­tu­at­ed by pen­dant bulbs that adorns each scoop.

5 suites, each with a wet bar and small toast­er oven, some with din­ing tables, some with sit­ting areas, all intend­ed to make a longer-term stay com­fort­able in the true spir­it of the Coun­ty.

The five, top floor suites are designed with a rus­tic, stripped down spir­it, yet they main­tain the same atten­tion to detail as the inte­ri­ors of the main hotel. Some unex­pect­ed ele­ments with­in the suites include a con­tin­u­ous stone bench-become-counter which holds a farm trough sink and is under­scored by a cut and bent met­al back­splash.

The restored Annex to the Roy­al Hotel is com­plete with a gallery/boutique at Ross Street.

Project Facts

  • Client

    247 Main Street Pic­ton LP

  • Location

    6 Ross Street, Pic­ton, Ontario

  • Size

    6,800 sq.ft.

  • Status


  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Struc­tur­al — Cuc­co Engi­neer­ing + Design

    Mechan­i­cal & Elec­tri­cal — Lam & Asso­ciates

    Kitchen — Trend Food­ser­vice Design & Con­sult­ing

    Pro­cure­ment — P360 Con­cepts Inc.

  • Fabricator

    Kate­ri­na Tomp­kins
    Punch­clock Met­al­works

  • General Contractor

    Struc­ture Corp
    HADY Con­struc­tion Asso­ciates (build­ing shell)

  • Photography

    Gray­don Her­riott

  • Artist / Graphics

    Graph­ic Design — BLOK