Luminato Festival 2016
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Luminato Festival in Toronto, the festival’s ambitious leaders teamed up with PARTISANS Architects and Charcoalblue to transform an iconic decommissioned power plant - the Hearn Power Station - into the world’s largest temporary multi-arts centre. The innovative repurposing of a former industrial space, combined with a surprising and constantly-evolving audience experience make for an ambitious and exciting project. Luminato’s ambition is for a cross-pollination between diverse audiences, restaurant-goers, urban explorers, and curious minds to inspire further reclamation of previously-unused public spaces.
Charcoalblue proposed a radical framework for the building, which would enable audiences to move throughout the four key performance spaces. We used shipping containers to create the 1,100 seat Hearn Theatre, designed an adaptable Music Stage that can accommodate 2,000 seated and 5,000 standing. We worked with Luminato’s artistic staff and the National Theatre of Scotland to devise an acoustic scheme which would support a variety of programming, ranging from spoken word to thumping electronic music. The acoustic design for the Hearn includes a combination of sound-reflecting and absorbing surfaces designed to tame the natural acoustic of a 700,000 cubic meter volume.