Ballet Opera House

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1990

Designed as the performance center and home for the National Ballet Opera of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the heart of the project is a 2,000-seat auditorium modeled on the great horseshoe opera houses of Europe and intended to recreate their intimate scale while maintaining excellent acoustics and sightlines. Four additional support stages are also provided. Public spaces including retail and cafe facilities are organized around a five-story rotunda. Virtually every office, workshop, and rehearsal room is daylit, creating a pleasant work environment for 800 regular inhabitants. Precast concrete panels inlaid with marble and granite provide a rich yet economical cladding for the building. Over the rotunda and auditorium geometric forms of intersecting spheres and pyramids unify the roofline.

Project Type: Cultural

Client: Ballet Opera House Corporation, Toronto

Cost: C $180 million

Size: 455000

Collaborators

Associate Architects - Bregman + Hamman

Acoustician - Artec Consultants Inc.