STRATFORD, ONT,—The new Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, Ont., designed by Siamak Hariri, co-founder of Hariri Pontarini Architects, is receiving a lot of attention in North America and across the pond.
It recently won a Best of the Best Award in cultural architecture from the Architecture MasterPrize in Los Angeles.
In addition, the Civic Trust Award in the United Kingdom has named the theatre as a Regional Finalist. The theatre, which is anticipated to open for the 2022 Stratford festival season, is the only project in Canada to make the shortlist of this global competition that celebrates design excellence in the built environment.
The festival’s newest venue is designed to attract, engage and connect community and artists
with an organic shape that blends into the riverside setting and dissolves the line between indoors
and out, states a release issued by Hariri Pontarini, adding light-filled spaces create set pieces for an encounter that complements the auditorium’s intimate 600-seat enclosure.
The building includes sustainable and natural materials and is LEED Gold-registered.
The Civic Trust Award began in 1959 and is Europe’s longest-running program to recognize projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.
The firm was pleased the theatre received international acclaim.
“We’re thrilled the Tom Patterson Theatre is generating excitement and attracting attention from afar ahead of its inauguration next spring,” said Hariri, in a statement.
The announcement of winners selected from the finalists will be made in January.