Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards
Proscenium worked with the City of North Vancouver to renovate the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards into an adaptable and desirable community event space. On a tight budget and schedule, our team sought to bring out the best in the 1940’s Pipefitter’s Building by using white paint to focus attention on the heavy timber structure.
Locating a small addition of washrooms, a servery and a projector surface to the far end of the building, the remainder of the space is left flexible for a wide variety of community events. Since its renovation, the Pipe Shop has become an integral part of the Lower Lonsdale hub, hosting hundreds of weddings, yoga classes, galas, pop-up markets, learning initiatives, photo shoots, sporting events, fundraisers, corporate events and more. A red corridor has been carved out of our addition to direct the public to the washrooms and energize the atmosphere in the venue.
In 2019, Proscenium completed a second phase of renovations, establishing an architecturally unique staircase to connect the mezzanine and updating HVAC and lighting systems.
Christ Church Cathedral Exterior
The purpose of the current and final phase of the Restoration & Rejuvenation of Christ Church Cathedral is to replace the roof – improving weather protection and thermal performance while integrating acoustic upgrades and completing the seismic diaphragm.
The crowning feature of the current project is the addition of the highly anticipated bell-spire at the north-east corner of the Cathedral set atop the existing elevator core – part of a previous accessibility upgrade. This open glass and steel structure housing four custom cast bronze bells will be the last significant Architectural addition to the project. The bell spire bridges the aesthetic gap between the Cathedral and it’s modern accessibility addition. Material inspiration is drawn from the Cathedral itself, then informed by the sleek concrete lines of the addition. The bell spire glass features a design by Canadian artist Sarah Hall. Titled “Welcoming Light” – it recalls the “beacon on the hill” analogy used to describe the Cathedral’s iconic profile in Vancouver’s historic cityscape.
BMO Theatre Centre
The BMO Theatre Centre is the new home for the Arts Club Theatre Company and Bard on the Beach. The project entailed a complete fit-out of an existing space with a 250 seat theatre, rehearsal halls, costume shops and offices for the two groups. The work included the infill of an existing double height space to facilitate a VIP balcony in the lobby and a perimeter catwalk for the theatre. The lobby facilitates pre-show gatherings and provides space for live music and a wine bar.
Base Building by GBL Architects.
Pumphouse Theatre Cultural Centre
In Partnership with Marshall Tittemore Architects
As the cultural anchor for Calgary’s West Village, the Pumphouse Theatre Cultural Centre builds on the existing legacy of the theatre by creating a central hub for the local arts scene. The project team completed schematic design for the renovation and upgrade of the two existing theatres (the Joyce Doolittle Theatre and the Victor Mitchell Theatre), including the addition of a 150-seat black box theatre, rehearsal hall, restaurant, and a business centre for use by non-profit arts organizations. Bow River Pumphouse No. 2, the focus of the development, is a heritage resource that will be conserved as part of the project.
Christ Church Cathedral Interior
The program of restoration and renewal for this Class A heritage building was designed to extend the facility’s relevance to the larger community through a balance of secular and non-secular use of the space. The internal refurbishment of the Cathedral integrates modern elements with historic building fabric to increase the flexibility of the space and improve its performance as a performing arts venue. Phase 1 of this work was completed in joint venture with Iredale Group Architecture.