Moriyama and Teshima Architects and Bélanger Salach Architecture unveils Place des Arts

MTA with Bélanger Salach Architects (previously YBSA) jointly served as the lead design architects for this project in Sudbury, Ontario.

Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) and Bélanger Salach Architecture have unveiled Place des Arts in Sudbury, the first multidisciplinary art centre of its kind in Northern Ontario.
A collaborative endeavour on all fronts, MTA with Bélanger Salach Architects (previously YBSA) jointly served as the lead design architects for this project.

The building site is part of a trio of public amenities along the anticipated Elgin Street Greenway and bike path, linking the western and eastern districts of Sudbury. Greater than the sum of its parts, the architectural scheme of Place des Arts is highly intricate. The building program includes a 300-seat theatre, a multi-use studio performance space, a contemporary art gallery, library and national publishing house, boutique, bistro, daycare, and offices. The design of Place des Arts engages with the street and sidewalk level to invite pedestrians into the facility, while reaching out to the surrounding neighbourhood with distinct, expressive façades. Each face of the building responds to and augments the character of its respective abutting cityscape, with calculated choices of materiality, pattern and texture.

The team effort of developing Place des Arts represents a culmination of creative professionals with one shared vision, successfully producing something that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

“The architecture of Place des Arts expresses the long history of the Francophone arts community in the Sudbury Region. With its sculptural form, the building calls out an invitation to the community, while the use of natural materials such as weathered steel and wood along with the artistic re-use of historic artifacts on the interiors provide a welcoming patina and speak to the deep-rooted presence and hospitality of the community,” says Brian Rudy, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects.

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