City Council to Review Queen’s Performing Arts Centre Redesign

Published on: 2010/08/12 - in News

Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre

Kingston, Ontario — A delegation from Queen’s will present the university’s proposed changes to the existing windows and chimney on the site of the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, at the next Kingston City Council meeting August 24.

Queen’s design was approved at a meeting of the city’s heritage committee earlier this week, with two conditions.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the City in addressing elements that still need to be resolved, and moving this exciting project forward,” says Ann Browne, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “It’s important that we strike a balance between preserving key heritage features and being fiscally responsible within our budget.”

Snohetta and ema – the eminent Norwegian and Canadian architectural firms selected to design the performing arts complex – are both highly regarded for their experience with projects involving heritage buildings, culture and extensive public consultation.

“The University has a proud tradition of celebrating our historical roots and the architects have created a stunning façade that respects the history of the buildings and of Kingston,” says Ms Browne.

Last month, at a public meeting on the proposed design of the new facility, ema architect Robert Matthews explained how the exterior of the buildings will be restored to their condition when used as a brewery between 1831 and 1900.

The performing arts centre will be a world-class teaching and performance venue for students, faculty and artists. It will promote collaborations among Queen’s and Kingston-area arts groups and encourage regional cultural tourism.


Article and image courtesy Queen’s University News Centre and reprinted with permission.
Caption: Architects’ rendering of Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts