Massey Hall Renovation and Expansion

Opened in 1894, Massey Music Hall has been Toronto’s national stage for some of the world’s greatest classical, jazz and new world music performers.

Etched in the psyche of both the country and the City, Massey Hall has survived with very limited patron, artist and performance support spaces for over a century. Triggered by a recent donation of land, this project represents the full transformation and revitalization of the heritage hall and includes a new addition. Exterior passarelles will connect the balcony levels to new patron amenities, two additional performance spaces, along with a recording studio and lounge.

Revitalization of an Icon: The Hall, revered for its intimacy (even at 2800 seats) and its acoustics, has been sensitively updated to meet current standards of accessibility The alterations incorporate the addition of parterre seating at the Orchestra level to mirror the form of the balconies above.; Fixed Orchestra seating has been replaced by an automated removable seating system to allow for General Admission standing attendance in this part of the Hall. The work includes a full upgrade of audio systems and lighting technology, with improved artist accommodation. The interior material palette, a mix of the original Moorish-style and a Deco overlay has been carefully recalibrated to adjust for the reintroduction of the original stained glass windows into the hall. Stage acoustics have been upgraded to support performers on stage.

location

Toronto, Ontario

client

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

architects

Architecture & Interior Design by KPMB Architects, (heritage restoration consulting and heritage impact assessment by GBCA Architects)

completion

2015 (Phase 1); 2022 (Phase 2)

size

16,000 ft² / 1,486 m² (Phase 1); 124,000 ft² / 11,520 m² (Phases 2a, 2b)

project type

Culture

Full Project Credits
Mixed-use - Metropolitan area
Classical architecture - Façade
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