Isabel Bader Centre Architect Wins Award
Sourced from The Whig-Standard
The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts received the first Ontario Association of Architects Lieutenant-Governor’s Award at the association’s Centre of Excellence awards in Hamilton last month.
Accepting the award was the architect of the building, Ottawa-based N45 Architecture.
Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented the award, the highest honour given out for architectural work in Ontario.
The event showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects.
Twenty buildings designed by Ontario architects were also given Design Excellence awards. Some of those buildings are in Toronto, St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgian Bay, Sudbury, Sarnia, Oakville, Port Hope and Surrey, B.C.
The Isabel, which opened last year at 390 King St. West, next to the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, is a $72 million, 80,000-square-foot performance hall, which also acts as learning space for Queen’s University students from the theatre, music, film and media faculties.
The building features state-of-the-art ventilation, acoustics and soundproofing — including two-foot-thick walls around the performance hall. The architects preserved and revitalized original brick and wood from the historic structures previously located on the site, maintaining the architectural significance of the building.