Terroni Adelaide

A New Story for Old Toronto

Housed in the his­toric York Coun­ty Court House of 1852, Ter­roni Ade­laide takes full advan­tage of the dis­tinct char­ac­ter­is­tics of its host archi­tec­ture and its sort­ed past. A new sto­ry is woven in the form of a series of instal­la­tions and mate­r­i­al ‘lin­ings’ that set the stage for exist­ing grand ele­ments to define the hos­pi­tal­i­ty expe­ri­ence.

The first in the series of GPA’s larg­er-scale Ter­roni projects, this mul­ti-storey restau­rant cre­ates dis­tinct spaces for dis­tinct func­tions. Togeth­er, all spaces of the restau­rant accom­mo­date 450 seats, with an addi­tion­al 100 seats on the Court Square’s out­door patio. The design orches­trates var­i­ous ‘rooms’ of dis­tinct char­ac­ter to come togeth­er, in con­cert, to cre­ate a dis­tinct­ly Ter­roni expe­ri­ence.

Begin­ning at the grand entrance, the space is flanked by the Enote­ca Bar and the dis­crete Uffi­cio, pri­vate dining/meeting room. The main din­ing room defined by the his­toric cof­fered ceil­ing is re-pre­sent­ed as a con­tem­po­rary space via the desta­bi­liz­ing sin­u­ous order of the Fer­rari-red cus­tom chan­de­lier. Inspired by the race-car test track in Fio­ra­no, Italy which boasts a series of curves and hair-pin turns that chal­lenge any Fer­rari, the cus­tom designed chan­de­lier pro­vides the impor­tant con­trast we rely on to trans­port the famil­iar court house space into some­thing new and unique.

Beyond the main din­ing room is the ele­vat­ed Atrio com­plete with orig­i­nal court gallery that lines the space above. Oppo­site the Atrio is the equal­ly dra­mat­ic open kitchen. Both grand stairs and ‘secret’ stairs lead to var­i­ous rooms above and below the main floor, includ­ing down to the re-pur­posed con­vict cells now trans­formed into wine cel­lars and restrooms; and, up to a sec­ond-floor ball­room and bar, and fur­ther to the cir­cu­lar bar and lounge, Covo degli Artisti in the third floor gallery. This perch above the dou­ble-height space of the din­ing room is the last in a series of ‘over­looks’ through­out the mul­ti-storey expe­ri­ence.

The range of spaces at Ter­roni Ade­laide required a design that not only uni­fies in spir­it the dis­tinct rooms of the mul­ti­va­lent restau­rant, but also lends itself to the evolv­ing needs of ear­ly morn­ing to late-night hos­pi­tal­i­ty, and from infor­mal dai­ly neigh­bour­hood des­ti­na­tion to week­ly, for­mal event-based des­ti­na­tion. A space for reg­u­lar week­end brunch, is also a space for wine tast­ing event, is also a space for a wed­ding recep­tion.

Project Facts

  • Client


  • Location

    Toron­to, Ontario

  • Size

    10,000 sq.ft.

  • Status


  • Fabricator

    Light­ing — Tim Flear
    Mosa­ic — Ciot

  • General Contractor

    D’An­drea Con­sult­ing

  • Photography

    Ter­roni Restau­rants

  • Artist / Graphics

    Graph­ics — Small Project Design