Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Ontario

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Ontario


The new Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston is located on the northeastern coast of Lake Ontario, and takes the historic Morton Brewery site as point of departure for the new design. Here, Snøhetta worked closely with Queen’s University to develop a collaborative, supportive learning environment for young artists and performers to grow in their discipline. The 7,000 square meters include classrooms, rehearsal rooms, performance spaces and the centerpiece to the project, a 566-seat world-class acoustic Performance Hall – developed with Arup acousticians –, transforming it into the only venue of its kind in the region. This classical music theater is based on the proportions and acoustics of the great historic ‘jewel box’ concert halls of Europe and is designed for superb unamplified performances. Working closely with the university and with the Heritage Committee of Kingston, the project reflects a clear intention to differentiate the new structures from the refurbished areas, through materials. The exterior landscape design, which connects the building with the neighboring Tett Centre, provides stunning waterfront views, which welcome visitors entering the large public lobby.


Queen´s University


Architect, Landscape & Interior: Snøhetta.

Executive Architect: N45


Acoustics / AV: Arup. Theater Planning: TPC. Structural: Halsall. MEP: Stantec



Surface area

7.500 m²


Lorne Bridgman, Snøhetta, Suzy Lamont