Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hammerson Hall is the largest performing space
in The Living Arts Centre, which opened its doors to the public
in 1997. The Centre is home to various performance and visual arts
facility for the community of Mississauga. Royal
Bank Theatre, rehearsal spaces, a cinema theater, and complete
backstage facilities support touring and local performance groups,
while a separate wing of the building contains visual and sculptural
arts, broadcasting, and photography workshops and studios for community
At 1500-seats Hammerson is a state-of-the-art
theater able to accommodate a wide variety of performances. The
1999 Canada Music Week award-winner for Best Venue of its size,
the Hall has no seat farther than 125 feet from the stage which
ensures excellent sightlines from all three levels. Featuring an
acoustical shell, the Hall is flawlessly suited for full-scale Broadway
plays, concerts, major touring productions, and community events.
The walls of the shell are constructed by moving the required number
of concert towers into the desired position. Concert towers can
be stored in an up-stage storage area when not in use. Reconfiguration
of the orchestra pit can create seating or extra stage space.
The Centre serves as a home to dozens of amateur
and professional arts organizations, as well as community theater.
Centre programming includes a range of performances, workshops,
camps, and courses.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Phase services, Auditorium
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for the Centre. The architect
for the Living
Arts Centre was Zeidler Partnership Architects, Toronto.