Ronald McDonald House Toronto

…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

Oh. My. Gosh. What a privilege it is to live in both the old and now new house. I cannot believe the amount of thought put into every detail, and it’s above and beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined. With happy tears in my eyes, I wish all families that have a chance to stay here best of luck to you and your families, It’s absolutely breathtaking! Wow. Thank you so much!!

Laura Emeny-Porter, one of the first visitors to stay in the new house

…it is absolutely beautiful! The colours on the walls especially as seen at night were breathtaking… like they were alive! Congratulations! How all of you managed to have such a large place in the middle of Toronto have such a feel of a quiet oasis is magic!

Carol Houston, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Ottawa

Opened in November, 2011, the new Ronald McDonald House in downtown Toronto provides accommodation and services for 81 families who travel with their children to Toronto to receive medical care at Sick Kids or Mount Sinai Hospital.

Working closely with Montgomery Sisam Architects over four years, Carlyle Design Associates facilitated a visioning process at project start-up to establish design inspiration and guidelines and continued to provide integrated planning and design for the interiors, furnishings and art.

Bridging with refinement between its institutional neighbours on one side and a 19th century residential neighbourhood to the west, the new building is an urban oasis of calm and refuge, “a house in a garden in the city” that welcomes families and their seriously ill children of all ages. Communal and social spaces are open and full of light and warm colour. Family suites are visually quiet and intimate. Comfortable and functional, furnishings were carefully mixed together — some designed custom, some specified, and some donated — to support specific activities and to give spaces personality. Works of art throughout the house and gardens were selected or commissioned to inspire moments of contemplation and delight.