view from the northeast

view from the northeast

exterior detail

exterior detail

main entry

main entry

main lobby / event space

main lobby / event space

mezzanine

mezzanine

concert hall

concert hall

concert hall

concert hall

recital hall

recital hall

entry drive

entry drive

preliminary concept sketch

preliminary concept sketch

site plan

site plan

level 1 plan

level 1 plan

level 2 plan

level 2 plan

level 3 plan

level 3 plan

longitudinal section

longitudinal section

lobby cross section

lobby cross section

structure /materials concept diagram

structure / materials concept diagram

Taylor Center for the Arts

Calgary, CAN

The new Taylor Center for the Performing Arts at Mount Royal University in Calgary will house the university’s conservatory of music, and will cater to all ages for musical education and performance.  Sited on the east side of campus; the project is a new prominent gateway to the university. 

A main feature of the new facility is the 800 seat Bella Concert Hall.  In addition, the project includes a large multi-purpose Ensemble Room, Ensemble Studios, Classrooms, A Recording Studio, and a Percussion Studio.  The main performance spaces are surrounded with abundant Practice Rooms and Studios.  Separate yet within easy access, the project includes a program for early childhood musical instruction.  The public Lobby and mezzanine spaces are intended to be flexible social and informal performance spaces, and link all performances spaces together. 

Designed to evoke the Alberta prairie and traditional barn structures, the new conservatory is intended to indelibly link itself to its surroundings.  The new facility is sustainably designed with multiple features, including abundant glazing to capture elusive natural light, and is seeking LEED Gold certification.

*While Design Principal with Pfeiffer Partners

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