Young Centre for the Performing Arts

The Young Centre was quite an enjoyable project to be involved with. It houses the 300 seat Baille Theatre, the 200 seat Michael Young Theatre and several studios and classrooms for George Browne College.

The building became the anchor for a major renovation of an entire district of the City of Toronto. It's now known as the Distillery District, which, in the 19th century, was home to the largest distillery in the British Empire. It is now the home of a thriving arts district and a magnet for tourists.

Major players in the design included architect Thom Payne, acoustician John O’Keefe and, of course, Albert Schultz of Soulpepper Theatre who was the driving force that got the whole thing started.
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Architect: KPMB Architects
Acoustician: John O'Keefe