About Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

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Studio Bell is home to the National Music Centre (NMC), a national cultural organization devoted to amplifying a love, sharing, and understanding of music.

Studio Bell represents an exciting partnership between NMC and Bell, Canada’s largest communications company. This partnership will support NMC’s vision to connect with music lovers across Canada and to create an international hub for music and technology.

Studio Bell is currently under construction in Calgary’s East Village. Construction began in early 2013 and remains on schedule to open in spring 2016. The project will cost $168 million and NMC is actively raising funds to achieve its vision.

 

What’s Inside Studio Bell?

  • 300-seat performance space and multiple reception areas
  • Broadcast facilities
  • Distance learning education centre and classrooms
  • Café and retail space

The Studio Bell project reflects the emergence of a new Calgary. The ambitious design by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture was inspired by instrument design and echoes the Canadian landscape. This award-winning project is considered one of the most exciting architectural projects occurring in the world right now.


Interview with Brad Cloepfil – lead architect on the Studio Bell project 


“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m thrilled to be involved in the project. A building like this has never been built before.”

–Gary Duke, project manager

 

NMC Collections and Exhibitions

Inside Studio Bell, the new NMC will be a catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music, and will include:

  • Home of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection
  • Acoustic and electronic sound labs
  • Artifact conservation and restoration workshops
  • Artist in Residence program for Canadian and international artists and technicians
  • Incorporation of the famed King Eddy Hotel as a live music venue
  • Three recording studio spaces, including the Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio

Construction Webcam

Watch construction of the new building as it progresses step-by-step

Our Team

Architecture

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1994, Allied Works Architecture is a leader in the design of cultural institutions in North America. Brad Cloepfil and his team are bringing a flavor of innovative architecture to Calgary that hasn’t been seen before — creating a building that is a destination in and of itself. They are working with local architecture firm Kasian Architecture.

Exhibits

For over 20 years, Haley Sharpe Design has continued to create award-winning interpretive, interactive exhibits in North America. Haley Sharpe brings a level of experience, expertise, creativity and innovation to the National Music Centre project that will ensure an experience that inspires.

Construction

Since 1969 CANA has completed more than $2 billion of construction management projects building strong relationships with design partners and subtrades. Led by John Simpson, CANA is a member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

The Studio Bell Building Leadership Team

NMC has assembled a team of internal experts at the staff and board level that are guiding NMC through the multitude of details that go with building an exceptional project.

Andrew Mosker
President and CEO

Charlie Fischer
NMC Board Member
Chair, Building Committe

Construction Photos

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  • NMC Construction Site – December 2013

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