Contemporary Calgary

KPMB Architects as Architects

Transforming an iconic Calgary landmark into a world-class destination for modern and contemporary art

 

Contemporary Calgary is an ambitious project of retrofitting and expanding the existing Centennial Planetarium on the western edge of downtown Calgary. The project will include a range of programs including contemporary art exhibitions in renovated spaces within the existing building as well as in a new Class A exhibition wing. In addition, the project will feature multi-media displays, public education programs and events, as well as leased spaces for collaborative, arts-minded organizations.

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Planetarium Transformation: The existing Centennial Planetarium building will undergo a significant renovation to the entire building to transform it into a gallery for modern and contemporary art. Key to this phase of the project is the building of an entrance pavilion that will help restore the original circulation and flow for visitors to the building up to the second floor. New amenities will be included including a café-style restaurant and open spaces for the community to gather.

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New Class A Addition: A new addition will be built on the north side of the site, bringing a 10,000 square foot Class A gallery, an adjacent 3,000 square foot Class A gallery, rooftop sculpture garden and event space. This addition to the building will help Contemporary Calgary attract the best in local, national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and make the facility one of best arts experiences in the country.

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KPMB Team
Bruce Kuwabara - Partner-in-Charge
Chris Couse - Principal
Matthew Wilson - Senior Associate
Lily Huang - Project Architect

 

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Entuitive - Structural
Remedy Engineering - Mechanical
SMP Engineering - Electrical/Security/IT
Watt Consulting Group - Civil
PFS Studio - Landscape
DWD Theatre Consulting - Theatre
Aercoustics - Acoustics
Engineering Harmonics - AV
Tillotson Design Associates - Lighting
Josh Monk VanWyck - Climate
Mission Green - LEED
Level Playing Field - Barrier Free
Jensen Hughes - Fire & Life Safety

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