Young Center For The Performing Arts, Toronto
KPMB Architects is a collaborative design firm located in Toronto, Canada that was founded in 1987 by four dynamic partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna, and Shirley Blumberg, on the principals of environmental sustainability, performance, and harmony. Most recently, the design team was responsible for the design of the Young Center For The Performing Arts, which was a cooperative effort among the Soulpepper Theater Co., the George Brown College Theater School, and the city of Toronto.
Formerly two 19th century storage houses, the Young Center For The Performing Arts spent almost 10 million dollars renovating the industrial buildings into aesthetic classrooms, rehearsal halls, and four separate performance areas for the use of both the professional and college theatre groups as apart of Toronto’s large urban-planning venture to restore the Distillery District and turn it into an arts and culture focal point. The theatre groups could not have been more pleased with the venue’s outcome, and the building was even honored with an Award of Excellence from BusinessWeek Architectural Record Awards, but all the actors care about is the new facility, which finally allows them to share the same modern rehearsal and performance spaces.
Rehearsal and Teaching Space