Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - Tom Patterson Theatre | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - Tom Patterson Theatre

Tom Patterson Theatre
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Hariri Pontarini Architects

Occupancy: May 1, 2020
Construction Budget: $70 million

The re-imagined Tom Patterson Theatre at the Stratford Festival advances the art and possibility of performance with a building designed to attract, engage and connect. Its organic shape, inspired by the flow of the adjacent river, blends into the riverside garden landscape and dissolves the line between indoors and out. Spacious, light-filled public rooms create set-pieces for encounter that complement the auditorium’s intimate enclosure. Finely crafted in sustainable and natural materials, this theatre embodies the spirit of the festival to celebrate the arts and promote a vital connection with community. 

Abridged Project Credits:
(see Architecture Canada publication out in Fall 2022 for more details)

Client - Stratford Festival
General Contractor / Constructor - EllisDon
Landscape Architect - Hariri Pontarini Architects with Holbrook & Associates and The Planning Partnership
Theatre planner - Fisher Dachs Associates
Acoustician - Aercoustics Engineering
A / V - Novita Techne Limited
Lighting - Martin Conboy Lighting Design
Structural Engineer - Thornton Tomasetti
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer - ARUP

Jury Comment(s): 

The jury lauded this exceptional cultural building located by the water. They noted an excellent integration with the site and promenade. The nature of materials, organic forms and textures promotes sensory perception and contributes to the appreciation of the arts. The elegant assembly creates a calm and inspiring atmosphere inside and outside the enclosure.

2022 Jury

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Front entrance

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy

Looking out of the Theatre across the river

PHOTO - Scott Norsworthy

Interior front entrance

PHOTO - doublespace photography

Tom Patterson Theatre

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Exterior view of the Theatre

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Theatre from across the river

PHOTO - Ann Baggley