The Toronto Centre for the Arts underwent a rare architectural surgery, dividing an 1800-seat Broadway-style theatre into two separate venues to better meet current market demand.
Diamond Schmitt Architects sought a signature design feature for the 575-seat Lyric Theatre that would effectively reduce the size of the room, provide a distinct identity and enhance the theatrical experience. An innovative solution that addresses all three objectives is a system of lightweight internally lit acoustic panels that surround the audience and define the new proscenium.
The second theatre is located on the former stage and is now a 300-seat versatile black box that takes full advantage of the existing fly tower and rigging. The design for both rooms works with the existing infrastructure as much as possible for a sustainable and cost-effective solution.
In this two-minute video, Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, explains the design thinking and the new features that bring both theatres to life.
The Globe and Mail reports on the transformation of the Toronto Centre for the Arts. To read the story, click here.