The Infinity of Australia
A moment for our first home Down Under
The cinematic color palette of Australia’s landscapes has long painted our dreams. It’s a place where the surreal is the real, and there is spark because of it. Surry Hills is a distillation of the country’s legendary creative tenacity, from the neighborhood’s razor gang wars and underground liquor trade of the 1920s and ’30s to the modernist art boom of the 1960s through to the Gay Solidarity Group protests of the 1970s. The spot has served as home to the most trailblazing voices of modern Australia, Brett Whiteley and Kenneth Slessor among them.
Ace Hotel Sydney is built upon this legacy, literally: beneath it all lies the country’s first ceramic kiln discovery. The building is a reimagination of the historic Tyne House — which at one point served as dispensary and warehouse for a storied Australian pharmacist — tenderly restored and later outfitted by Flack Studio. We have a neighborhood restaurant named LOAM near The Lobby, as well as a day-to-night bar and cafe called Good Chemistry. Rooftop restaurant is on the way. There’s a sunken lounge and a playful and no-holds-barred art program featuring works by artists at the forefront of contemporary Australian art, including Tony Albert, Nadia Hernández and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. We consider it all a fine match for the verve of Surry Hills. The whole place is made up of the kaleidoscopic warmth that drew us here to begin with. And now you can feel it too.
Ace Hotel acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Custodians of this land. As one of the oldest living cultures on earth, we celebrate their age-old connections to Country along with the knowledge, determination, patience and generosity of all First Nations people. Past, present and future, this is Aboriginal land.
Ace Hotel New Orleans | April 27, 2023
PLANETS ALIGN: SIX OF SATURNS WITH TEEDRA MOSES & THE ARTIST JADE
Six of Saturns is our annual ode to the sounds, visions and fabled collaborative spirit of the Crescent City. For two weeks during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival we gather to revel in the beats of the bayou, its musical legacy and commune with stage legends + artists of every feather. No two artists could be more reflective of this spirit than Nola born Teedra Moses and The Artist Jade who share the stage on SoS’s inaugural weekend.
Ace Hotel | March 27, 2023
HOW TO DESIGN A FEELING: BRIGITTE SHIM
Brigitte Shim understands light, form and landscape on what must be a cellular level. Along with her partner, A. Howard Sutcliffe, their acclaimed firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects helmed the design of Ace Hotel Toronto. Brigitte returned her expertise to our Toronto home during “How Do You Design A Feeling?” — the panel we hosted in partnership with Wedge Studio during DesignTO festival. We caught up with Brigitte about inspiration, a sense of place in design and her love of Toronto.