Massey Hall Renovations and Expansion

Massey Hall Renovations and Expansion

Architect
KPMB Architects
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Project Year
2020
Category
Heritages

Cultural Centres

Massey Music Hall

KPMB Architects as Architects

Opened in 1894, Massey Music Hall has been Toronto’s national stage for some of the world’s greatest classical, jazz and new world music performers.

 

Etched in the psyche of both the country and the City, Massey Hall has survived with very limited patron, artist and performance support spaces for over a century. Triggered by a recent donation of land, this project represents the full transformation and revitalization of the heritage hall and includes a new addition. Exterior passarelles will connect the balcony levels to new patron amenities as well as a second performance space on the acquired land to the south.

 

Revitalization of an Icon: The Hall, revered for its intimacy (even at 2800 seats) and its acoustics, will be sensitively updated to meet current standards of accessibility, incorporate the addition of a parterre at orchestra level to mirror the balconies above; include mechanized removable seating to allow for General Admission, a full upgrade of audio and lighting technology, and improved artist accommodation. The interior materials palette, a mix of the original Moorish-style and a Deco overlay will be carefully reconsidered as the original stained glass windows are reintroduced to the hall. Stage acoustics will also be upgraded to support performers on stage.

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