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Contemporary Calgary

  • Location Calgary, Alberta
  • Client Contemporary Calgary
  • Architects Gibbs Gage Architects and KPMB Architects
  • Completion Ongoing
  • Size 93,000 ft² / 8,640 m²
  • Project type Culture, Heritage, Museum / Gallery
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Transforming an iconic Calgary landmark into a world-class destination for modern and contemporary art

Contemporary Calgary is an ambitious project of retrofitting and expanding the existing Centennial Planetarium on the western edge of downtown Calgary. The project will include a range of programs including contemporary art exhibitions in renovated spaces within the existing building as well as in a new Class A exhibition wing. In addition, the project will feature multi-media displays, public education programs and events, as well as leased spaces for collaborative, arts-minded organizations.

Planetarium Transformation

The existing Centennial Planetarium building will undergo a significant renovation to the entire building to transform it into a gallery for modern and contemporary art. Key to this phase of the project is the building of an entrance pavilion that will help restore the original circulation and flow for visitors to the building up to the second floor. New amenities will be included including a café-style restaurant and open spaces for the community to gather.

New Class A Addition

A new addition will be built on the north side of the site, bringing a 10,000 square foot Class A gallery, an adjacent 3,000 square foot Class A gallery, rooftop sculpture garden and event space. This addition to the building will help Contemporary Calgary attract the best in local, national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and make the facility one of best arts experiences in the country.

Centennial Planetarium, built in 1967 is an iconic piece of brutalist architecture in the City of Calgary.