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Contemporary Calgary selects architects to transform planetarium into modern art gallery

The team of Calgary-based Gibbs Gage Architects and KPMB Architects of Toronto were awarded the project.


Contemporary Calgary has selected the team of Calgary-based Gibbs Gage Architects and KPMB Architects of Toronto after an international search for prime consultants to help transform the Centennial Planetarium into a world-class gallery for modern and contemporary art.

“The transformation of the iconic 1967 Planetarium into a destination for modern and contemporary art will be a dynamic catalyst for the emerging Downtown-West community, providing an important cultural anchor in the Centre City. The project will both reflect and enrich the evolving values of Calgary as a sustainable, creative and entrepreneurial city,” said David Leinster, CEO of Contemporary Calgary in a media release.

The design will be led by KPMB Partner Bruce Kuwabara. KPMB has a depth of experience designing award-winning galleries and museums including the recent success of the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Contemporary Calgary expects to be underway with design in the coming weeks, and looks forward to sharing concepts in the spring.