Camera Bar And Stephen Bulger Gallery

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2004

  • Size

    1,550 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

  • Client

    Hussain Amarshi and Atom Egoyan

Camera, a combination lounge, café-bar, and 51-seat digital screening room in the heart of Toronto’s Queen Street West arts district, fosters connections between diverse users of the same building through spatial and material continuity. Camera once shared its formal entrance with Mongrel Media, giving ground level visitors a suggestive glimpse of the staircase to second floor private offices. A sliding glass front façade glides from Camera to the adjacent Stephen Bulger Gallery, giving the two a shared public presence. Once inside, the movable wall separating bar and gallery affords programmatic flexibility and ease of access.


Housed in a turn-of-the-century building, the former hardware store was gutted and restored to combine original features with new elements. Camera’s interior mixes old and new, light and dark, smooth woods, and tactile furnishings. A communal table with Thonet chairs extends from the long, contemporary walnut bar toward the street. The space opens out to the sidewalk through floor to ceiling front glazing. A lounge at the back of the café-bar adds a domestic feel with comfortable furniture and carpeting.

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Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2004

  • Size

    1,550 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

  • Client

    Hussain Amarshi and Atom Egoyan

Select Awards

  • 2005 – National Post/Design Exchange Architecture Commercial, Honourable Mention

  • 2005 – City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, Honourable Mention - Building in Context

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The Stephen Burger Gallery is linked to the Camera bar with sliding glass doors framed in oak and teak that double as the ground floor frontage.

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The Stephen Burger Gallery is linked to the Camera bar with sliding glass doors framed in oak and teak that double as the ground floor frontage.

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The cozy digital screening venue seats 51 people, providing an innovative dynamic theatre to the Toronto film scene.

The cozy digital screening venue seats 51 people, providing an innovative dynamic theatre to the Toronto film scene.

Select Awards

  • 2005 – National Post/Design Exchange Architecture Commercial, Honourable Mention

  • 2005 – City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, Honourable Mention - Building in Context