Canada’s Edmonton Symphony to expand Winspear Centre with mixed-use addition

Posted on: September 18, 2019

“Newly revealed plans to expand the home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Alberta, Canada, present a striking transformation from a small concert hall to a 45,000-square-foot mixed-use space,” writes Shawn Simmons in Monday’s (9/16) Architect’s Newspaper (New York, N.Y.). “The expansion, designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, will redefine the downtown building as a 21st-century cultural hub complete with curved glass walls, a slatted stone roof enclosure, and an elevated garden level. Bromberg’s design marks a progressive change for the Francis Winspear Centre for Music … completed in 1997…. The 98-foot-tall addition to the existing structure will create a new 550-seat concert hall called the Music Box, containing a unique hydraulic seating system with ‘the ability to transform from flat floor to raked to cabaret-style seating in minutes,’ according to Adeas. On the ground level, additional rooms for public use as well as a daycare center and music library will boost the building’s function as a community resource. The glass atrium will open to an accessible elevated garden level, with additional shade provided by the overhanging slatted roof. Increased parking will be available…. Construction … is scheduled to begin in January 2020 and conclude in 2021.”

Posted September 18, 2019