Location
  • Edmonton, AB
Client
  • Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation
Completion
1997
Size
  • 15,320 sq m
  • 164,900 sq ft
Collaborators
  • Artec
  • Hemisphere Engineering
  • PCL Construction Management Inc. 
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Structural Engineering
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The Francis Winspear Centre for Music grew out of the community’s love for music. With a budget deemed impossible by a wide variety of experts, DIALOG assembled a fully integrated team that rose to the challenge of designing an international quality, acoustic music hall. The Centre has expanded the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s audience and attracted international talent to the stage. More than 20 years later, it still receives critical acclaim and remains central to Edmonton’s Arts District.
Music can help build harmony between people of all ages, races, cultures and beliefs in our own growing city. My dream is to have a place where the people of our region can make the most beautiful music they are capable of - and share it with each other.
Dr. Francis G. Winspear
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“On the one hand we set out to design and build a hall that works at the highest national and international standards of acoustical excellence. On the other hand, we set out to create a hall that works for all kind of music and activity, and invites the community in and invites them to be comfortable in blue jeans or in a tux.”
– Doug McConnell, DIALOG Architect

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Winspear Centre 02

“When you think about the performance chamber at the Winspear Centre, it is a blend of art and science. So the design needed to be hard and acoustic, but it also needed to be soft, warm, and inviting to the audience. There was an intrinsic tension between the art and the science, but I also think that’s the strength of the room.”
– Donna Clare, DIALOG Architect

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Winspear Centre 03

"Playing in a hall that is amazing is just as important as playing on a beautiful instrument. No matter how good your instrument and the musician is, if the hall isn't going to project the sound well, it doesn't really matter in the end."
-Virginie Gagne, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Violinist

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The Winspear Centre's first 10 days of opening were dubbed "Winspearation" and the celebration saw over 60,000 people pass through the new concert hall. Edmontonians were eager to see inside the city's newest addition to the arts scene.

Awards

1998 Award of Excellence, Alberta Association of Architects

1999 Design & Construction in Concrete Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute (ACI) Alberta Chapter

1998 Masonry Design Award, Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta

1998 Performing Arts Centre of the Year Award, Canadian Session & Touring Industry Awards

1997 Steel Design Award - Most Effective and Complex Use of Structural Steel, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) - Alberta Chapter

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