Breathtaking views are the backdrop of this Ottawa bar and restaurant

Breathtaking views are the backdrop of this Ottawa bar and restaurant

Sitting atop a new hotel in Ottawa’s trendy ByWard Market neighbourhood, the client wanted to ensure Copper Spirits & Sights served the guests of the hotel while also appealing to locals as a coveted destination.

Interior Designer: Ashley Rumsey, ARIDO; Stanley Sun, ARIDO

Design Team: Marti Hawkins, Intern ARIDO

Design Firm: Mason Studio

Project Photographer: Scott Norsworthy

With unparalleled views of the Ottawa river and neighbouring Parliament buildings, the owner felt a keen responsibility to create a space where guests could appreciate the cityscape. Each element of this rooftop restaurant and patio was designed to enhance the expansive views of this capital city's landmarks and the landscape beyond.

The interior layout maximizes the view by locating the expansive bar in the centre of the space, clad in the bar’s namesake material. Copper accents are used throughout the space as an accent in furniture and lighting elements. Dark and saturated colours on heavy textured materials set the tone for an intimate experience with natural tan leather, oiled walnut wood and woven wool textiles. The monochromatic palette of indigo-blues mixed with natural wood tones and leather compliment without detracting from the cityscape beyond.

Flexibility and versatility are key factors in the overall design, ensuring the space can transform to host buffet service for brunch, a-la-carte dinner functions, private events for both intimate and large gatherings as well as a night-club environment with space for live bands, DJ's and an open dance floor.

The patio is the highlight of the 16th floor, accessed directly off the main restaurant or from the elevator lobby corridor. Tiered banquettes offer private elevated seating gathered around fire-pits, while lush planters with low greenery create enclaves of privacy for guests to retreat to when taking in the view.



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