Taylor Centre

Stainless mesh a good acoustic and aesthetic choice

Joanne McIntyre - 29 June 2017

The Taylor Center for Performing Arts is a new addition to the Canadian Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area, both the aesthetic and acoustic properties of the performance hall required careful material choice, with stainless steel wire mesh playing an important role.

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Mrs Joanne McIntyre
Joanne McIntyre is the Editor in Chief of Stainless Steel World magazine, and Conference Coordinator for the Duplex Seminar & Summit.
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Located close to the Rocky Mountains and the expansive prairie of Alberta, the natural beauty of the area provided inspiration for the design created by Pfeiffer Partners Architects in cooperation with Sahuri + Partners. Based on the idea of bringing the country into the city, the Taylor Centre has been designed to resemble a barn. Aged metal, grey stones and large glass areas which flood the interior with natural light characterize the exterior. Inside, a warm and inviting atmosphere is created with cherry-wood walls.

“A contemporary interpretation of the rural barn on the expansive prairie of Alberta inspired our choices in materials, structure, and color throughout the project,” said William Murray, principal with Pfeiffer Partners.


Bella Concert Hall

The centrepiece of the project is the 800-seat Bella Concert Hall. As the Hall will be used by variety of musical arts great importance was attached to the acoustics, a major challenge for the designers. One striking feature is the wood-panelled acoustically engineered ceiling shaped like an Alberta rose.

The architects chose HAVER Architectural Mesh EGLA-LARGO 4338 for the wall and ceiling claddings.
The three-dimensional curved cladding consists of Architectural Mesh elements mounted under pre-tension onto steel frames. Each mesh element has a different shape and dimension with no two elements being the same. The dimensions of the mesh panels vary from 1 x 0,5 m up to 4x3 m.

The shiny metallic architecture meshes were painted so as to blend harmoniously with the interior design.
The textile structure of the wire meshes combine air permeability and acoustic neutrality with optical unity of the entire image. The surface finish of the semi-transparent meshes does not interfere with the function of ventilation systems, air-conditioning and sprinkler systems. Durability, fire resistance, easy maintenance and recyclability round off the positive properties of stainless steel mesh.

In total HAVER & BOECKER supplied a 740 m² ready to install Architectural Wire Mesh elements for the wall and ceiling cladding of the Bella Concert Hall.




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