Desautels Concert Hall Wins the 2021 A’N Best of Design Award in Unbuilt – Education Category

We’re pleased to share that our Desautels Concert Hall project for the University of Manitoba has received the Architect’s Newspaper “A’N Best of Design 2021″ award. Designed in collaboration with Winnipeg’s Cibinel Architecture, the 400-seat hall was calibrated to deliver an optimal acoustical environment across a wide array of performance configurations ranging from small vocal recitals to large orchestral ensembles and operatic performances. The wooden ‘lining’ of the hall’s interior, incorporating reconfigurable variable acoustic elements, reaches out from the stage to embrace the house, bringing audience and performers together.

The Jury praised the design, stating:

“One of the great challenges of making theater buildings good neighbors is finding ways to wrap the program with an architectural expression that doesn’t overwhelm the surroundings with looming blank walls. This project does that admirably—the curved entryway and shifting planes of the envelope come together to create an eminently approachable and seductive building.”

— Aaron Seward

Check out this year’s full award roster here.