April 29, 2003
by Canadian Architect
Down + Livesey Architects of Calgary has re-designed the interior spaces for the Calgary Art Gallery in the latest phase of its development. The first phase of the design for two adjoining heritage buildings on Stephen Avenue Mall in downtown Calgary included the restoration of historic facades, excavation of the basements and the replacement of the roof by Gerald Forseth Architect, for occupation by the contemporary art gallery. To articulate a circulation system that would render the space accessible for the installation of a wide range of contemporary art display, a new central stair and ramp system has been proposed to act as a visual and movement core for the design. Existing structure has been removed as well as a portion of the main floor at the rear of the building. A new sculpture terrace has been added over a rear loading dock. The administrative area has been relocated in the east building’s upper floor while the mezzanine floor will act as a gallery and a lounge/bar. The lower floor accommodates a media gallery/lecture room, an education centre and a workshop with a storage area. The $840,000 project will be completed this summer.