Ronald McDonald House Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Award of Merit, 2012
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario

…a remarkable hybrid of grace and civility designed to function as an urban hotel and as a refuge of wellness.

Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail

This new house in a garden in the city provides a home away from home for families and their seriously ill children coming to Toronto for specialized medical care. Reflecting a culture of support and compassion, the new four-storey building provides all the facilities that 81 families need to make the house their own: communal living, dining and activity spaces that are open and welcoming, a school, a library and comfortable bedroom suites. Carlyle Design Associates was an integral part of the team lead by Montgomery Sisam Architects, from visioning through planning and design for interiors, furnishings and art.

Full of light and connection to outdoors, public spaces are grounded with wood and stone and punctuated with walls of lively colour. Family suites are calm and intimate. Furnishings are an intriguing mix of contemporary, traditional and custom design. Amongst the art highlights are a lyrical wrought-iron entry gate, paintings of children at play, and a collection of paired aerial and detail photographs hanging in all the suites.