The Center for Music Art and Design is a 92 000 square foot facility at the University of Manitoba. Program components include Library, Contemporary Art Gallery, Soundstage, Rehearsal Space, Digital Studio, Digital Formation Lab, Product Design Workshop, and associated support.
Inspired by the flexible loft-like spaces that have successfully served musicians, artists and designers in the past, Centre for Music Art and Design is conceived of as a sort of 21st century warehouse, with six big rooms, each with their own particular character. The big rooms have been spatially distributed in a way that allows the building to be both highly permeable and highly interconnected with the university circulation
structure. This reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of the facility, and makes the program activities more public and accessible to the university
population. The immediate campus context consists of relatively isolated Arts buildings, partly connected by a below-grade winter circulation network. By siting the Center for Music Art and Design so that it connects to two of the existing buildings, the new building creates a large, exterior courtyard and defines an identifiableArts Precinct. At the same time, this siting extends and interconnects the below-grade circulation network, so
that the building becomes a significant winter hub. Along the west side of the building, a two-story linear space interconnects grade and below-grade circulation systems with the six big rooms. In this way the program of the building enriches and extends the public space of the university, and the building will have a vibrant, urban character suitable for an active interdisciplinary facility.
Architect: Patkau Architects / LM Architectural