The Living Arts Centre

Mississauga, Ontario

Client: Living Arts Centre Corporation
Size: 210,000 sq.ft. (20,000 sq.m.)

Located on a six-acre site north of City Hall, this innovative, 210,000-square foot facility features a three-storey visual and digital arts wing that incorporates the entire spectrum of creative arts plus hands-on teaching and computer labs, practice rooms, exhibition spaces, offices and flexible-use rooms. The Centre’s unique facilities include digital arts and virtual reality studios and laser/holography production facilities.

The 1,300-seat Hammerson Hall, located at the heart of the complex, accommodates operas, ballets, symphonies, musicals, and many other performance types. There is also a 400-seat community recital theatre: Royal Bank Theatre. The Centre is equipped to operate as a broadcasting facility for arts programming and contains recording studios. A large urban park on the eastern edge of the site accommodates up to 5,000 people for outdoor arts-related activities. The 100-seat Rogers Theatre tops off the performance spaces.

Additional features include underground parking for 450 cars, a restaurant, café, ticket office, gift shop, and childcare centre. Zeidler Partnership was selected for this project from a shortlist of 34 firms which included several noted international architects.


  • City of Mississauga Urban Design Awards - Award of Merit, 1998