Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Roy Thomson Hall is home to the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto
Mendelssohn Choir, and The Toronto
International Film Festival. The hall, built in 1982, closed
for extensive enhancements during the year of 2002 and opened with
a Gala Inauguration in September of that same year. The original
designer of Roy Thompson Hall was Arthur Erickson/Mathers and Haldenby.
Acousticians were Bolt, Beranek and Newman Inc.
The Hall includes the 2812-seat auditorium, a
small rehearsal hall, musician support areas, function rooms, music
library, change rooms, administrative offices and on-site parking.
One of the hall's unique features is a concert pipe organ designed
and built by Gabriel
The current enhancements include the addition
of substantial wood planking which shrinks and reshapes the upper
volume of the hall. Wood finishes have been applied to the flooring,
balcony walls and soffits, and all of the significant acoustical
surfaces. A further improvement was the installation of a two-piece
adjustable canopy system over the entire stage area. Motorized acoustical
banners made of sound-absorptive materials have also been placed
at the face of the wooden bulkheads; they are designed to descend
from, and retract into, storage pockets in the attic. Seating has
been redesigned to include two fore and aft aisles on the main floor
orchestra level, as well as the addition of a number of side boxes.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Performance Equipment Systems Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for this enhancement project.
The principal architect is Thomas Payne of Toronto's Kuwabara,
Payne, McKenna, Blumberg group (KPMB).