Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) in joint venture with Yallowega Belanger Salach Architecture (YBSA) have currently completed Design Development for the new 40,000 SF Place des Arts for Greater Sudbury (PdA).
The first multidisciplinary art centre of its kind in Northern Ontario, and consisting of seven member organizations, PdA will be a centre of excellence for Sudbury and its francophone communities. The goal of the community-based project is to find new ways for interactivity and connectivity so that each of the organizations can continue to collaborate and thrive in their new facility. The PdA also aligns with the Greater Sudbury Downtown Revitalization Masterplan, and as such, required close consultation with each of the seven member organizations to ensure that each member group is well represented in their respective programs and activities as they merge into this new dynamic and collaborative space.
Located at the corner of Larch and Elgin Street in downtown Sudbury, a vacant city parking lot will be transformed into a 3-storey building that will house a 300-seat theatre, 120 seat black-box studio theatre and rehearsal space, youth studio, daycare for 24 children, and spaces for children’s summer camps and specialized after-school programs involving the arts. The building will also contain a multi-media art gallery, bistro and a gift shop as well as meeting rooms accessible to the community. The third floor is dedicated to administrative spaces for the seven founding cultural arts organizations that are in charge of the programming of the centre.