The National Ballet School of Canada


The National Ballet School of Canada is located at 400 Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto, in the Wellesley-Church district. The building is comprised of the Celia Franca Centre and an old heritage building called the Northfield house which is situated in the center of the school. The architectural firms, KPMB, concept was to express the tradition in ballet by using the old heritage building and express the innovation in ballet by using the new contemporary construction. The new building is composed of glass, steel, metal panels, and concrete blocks, and appears transparent from the street façade. The architects played with horizontal and vertical plane elements to create the building composition. Since the completion of the construction of the building in 2005, the building and the architects have won many prestigious awards, including the Governor’s General Award in 2006.

Madison D.P.


“Canada’s National Ballet School (Project Grande Jete).” KPMB Architects. Web. 14
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