Saturday, August 8, 2009

Calgary National Music Center Architectural Competition | Canada | Shorlisted Entries

National Music Centre, King Eddy, East Village, Calgary, Canada

Client : Cantos Music Foundation

Facilities:education research center, museum, recording studios, radio station, music venue

Five Architects Shortlisted:

The Extraordinary Instrument - Allied Works Architecture

The Mixing Room - Diller Scofidio and Renfro

Open Piano Tower - Atelier Jean Nouvel

Replicated Spaces - Saucier + Perrotte

The Soundscape - Studio Pali Fekete Architects

Decision due Sep 2009


Jul 24, 2009
Designs on Calgary: Five of the World's Leading Architects
Present Their Visions for the National Music Centre in Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta): Music fans, architecture buffs and engaged citizens filled the Grand Theatre to capacity on July 23, to watch five of the world's leading architects compete to design a major project in Calgary - Cantos' new national music centre at the King Eddy site in the East Village.
As a crucial and exciting step in Cantos Music Foundation's bold vision to develop Canada's only national music centre, architects were tasked with developing and publicly presenting their concepts that honour the iconic King Eddy Hotel while creating over 80,000 square-feet of spectacular space that will house an education research centre, museum, world-renowned collection of instruments and memorabilia, recording studios, a radio station, a seven-days-a-week live music venue and a suite of innovative and creative programs for people of all ages.

"We were absolutely blown away by the creativity, sensitivity and sheer brilliance all five teams brought to the table," said Andrew Mosker, executive director of the Cantos Music Foundation. "No two were alike, but each addressed the unique design challenges presented by our project. Calgary would be enhanced by any one of these designs. We will have a very difficult decision to make.

Cantos national music centre project is a catalytic force in the rejuvenation of the East Village, one of Calgary�fs oldest communities and one that has been challenged through its long history to realize its potential. Chris Ollenberger is the President and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)
. the organization charged with managing the area�fs revitalization. "The progress Cantos has made with the national music centre project is truly impressive," commented Ollenberger. "It is a crucial piece of the transformation of the East Village into a mixed-use, vibrant, inner-city community." e-architect
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