Supporting "arts-immersion" with transparency and creativity
Blending historical elements with contemporary additions
Kasian designed a new private school for the Calgary Arts Academy’s Middle School Campus. One of two “arts-immersion” charter schools under the Academy, the school is located within the Calgary Stampede Youth Campus to share in the performing arts focus and facilities available within the site. With programs suited to each student and their respective learning styles, the school teaches the traditional Alberta Education mandated curriculum, explored through an arts integrated and infused approach.
The new school incorporates the historic Weston’s Bakery Building. An exercise in historical preservation and marrying the new with the old, much of the historic brickwork from the demolished areas was saved for reuse into the façade of new, contemporary additions to the base building.
With an overall theme of transparency to encourage responsibility through freedom, the exterior incorporates large windows through which a passerby can observe the artwork and activities within. The same theme carries through inside, with glass doors used in the administration offices and throughout the open-concept school. Three “classrooms” each contain a retractable stage, a science bar, unlocked art supply cabinets and artists’ washing stations – all without enclosed walls to inspire movement and stimulate creativity.
The opening of this facility adds to our vision of creating a world-class, vibrant Youth Campus which celebrates western heritage, culture, public education and the arts. The collaboration and partnerships that led to this opening make a difference to our youth of today, create synergies between our organizations and advance our quality of education into the future.