National Music Centre design unveiled

‘“Long-term it’s going to have an indelible impact’

After a two-year search the Cantos Music Foundation unveiled the winning design for its $132.5-million National Music Centre.

“It’s not just a cultural catalyst for the city… but also an urban catalyst for this new district that is the East Village” says Brad Cloepfil president of Portland-based Allied Works Architecture.

The building is based on a concept that “celebrates the western Canadian landscape” and “the canyons of the Rocky Mountains” and will straddle Fourth Street and Ninth Avenue S.E. incorporating the historic King Edward Hotel.

“From the very beginning… we felt that Allied Works Architec-ture almost wrote the vision of the National Music Centre with us” says Andrew Mosker president of the Cantos Music Foundation.

The 41000-square-metre facility will include a music hall of fame several galleries performance spaces recording and artist-in-residence studios as well as a radio studio.

“Long-term it’s going to have an indelible impact not only on architecture and design in the city but certainly on music” says Mosker.

Federal provincial and local governments have pledged $75 million while private sources have pledged $6 million for the project which is slated to open in 2014.

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