King Eddy plans unveiled

Sounds of construction in the East Village will turn to sounds of musicas the Cantos Music Foundation moves a step closer to building itsNational Music Centre.

Sounds of construction in the East Village will turn to sounds of music as the Cantos Music Foundation moves a step closer to building its National Music Centre.

Yesterday the foundation announced Allied Works Architecture as the designers for the centre, which could be one of the first major buildings constructed in the revitalized East Village.

Along with local firm BKDI, the Oregon-based Allied Works will be responsible for the centre and the restoration of the King Edward Hotel.

“It’s exciting to create something new that has the grounding of that history and memory,” said Brad Cloepfil, founder of Allied Works.

Allied Works beat out four other firms in the design contest.

“The conceptual designs take into account the canons of the Rockies, the hoodoos of Drumheller, the grain elevators of the Prairies, and that’s what has set Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works apart from many other architects,” said Andrew Mosker, executive director of Cantos.

Allied Works recently worked on the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan and a major addition to the Seattle Art Museum and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.

Mosker said Cantos is still working with all levels of government to raise the $75 million needed for the building, which could start construction next year, with a tentative opening for the Calgary Stampede in 2012. The foundation currently has $3.25 million for the project.

 
 
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