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Central Atrium at MacEwan University Allard Hall

Edmonton, AB

Client   MacEwan University
Type   Institutional, Cultural, Education,
Size   420,000 sq.ft.
Status   Completed 2017
Associate Architect   Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.
Photography   Ema Peter

MacEwan University – Allard Hall

Allard Hall—MacEwan University’s new Centre for Arts and Culture—establishes a new urban landmark and visually compelling gateway to its City Centre Campus in Edmonton. Clad in a distinctive, climate-responsive façade of high-performance glazing accentuated by vibrant green ceramic frit, and black spandrel panels that reflect the sky, the building’s sleek contemporary expression promotes MacEwan’s main campus as a state-of-the-art, community-inspired institution.

Offering a unique combination of high-tech academic and cultural functions, Allard Hall’s exceptional performance and educational spaces include a 450-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat recital hall, and a 100-seat black-box theatre; visual arts, digital, and sound studios; specialized high-tech computer labs; classrooms, galleries, and office spaces.

With its multiple theatres and galleries, Allard Hall is an inspiring, educational community arts and cultural hub that reflects the urban center of Edmonton’s thriving arts and music scene.

Central atrium drawing at Allard hall at MacEwan University
Students in the central atrium
Atrium nest at the MacEwan University Allard Hall
Students working in the atrium at MacEwan University

The building’s spectacular multi-storey atrium—crossed by dramatic angled pedestrian bridges, linking all five floors from the ground to the top where natural light pours in via clerestorys—also functions as a grand lobby for event intermissions, receptions, and art installations. Its striking allure is augmented by skylights that leverage Alberta’s intense, low-bearing sun, painting the space with natural daylight throughout the year.

Large gathering in the atrium at MacEwan University's Allard Hall
Interior of MacEwan University, Allard Hall in Edmonton
Looking up at stairs
Dance studio at MacEwan University
Students working in a studio
Studio at MacEwan University
Theatre space at MacEwan University
Theatre space at Allard Hall MacEwan University
Piano in a Musical studio and practice hall
Exterior of Allard Hall at MacEwan University