The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
This state-of-the-art performing arts venue, constructed with over 6,500 cubic metres of concrete which can be seen throughout the building and completed in 1997, holds the 1,200-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall, the flexible-seating Telus Studio Theatre, the 160-seat Royal Bank Cinema, the Great Performers Lounge, and a glass lobby.
A variety of performances and events are offered year-round, from classical recitals and jazz concerts, to avant-garde theatre and opera productions, to folk and world music.
The highlight of the Chan Centre is the Chan Shun Concert Hall (click on photo to see slideshow). It was named after Tom and Caleb’s father, Chan Shun, to honour his lifelong generosity. The concert hall has a capacity of 1,185 plus 180 choral loft seats which can be used if necessary.
Hanging like a chandelier over the stage of the concert hall is the 37-tonne acoustic canopy. The hall also features motorised sound-absorbent fabric banners to acoustically mask walls. The cello-like shape of this space comes from the acoustically successful shoe box shape which allows for an even distribution of sound throughout the performance space. This shape also allows for a more consistent sound experience for audience members, no matter where they are sitting in the hall.
Since its opening, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has earned an international reputation for its striking design and stellar acoustics. Artists, critics, and patrons alike are unanimous in their praise of this multi-faceted facility, winning it a place amongst North America’s premier performing arts centres.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
University of British Columbia
6265 Crescent Road
Canada V6T 1Z1
Focal Journey (by Gustavo Espinola)