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National Music Centre | 7 Floors | Construction

This is a huge and awesome project for our city, so I think it definitely deserves its own thread.

A render of the incredible project...







Here is the progress of the project as of yesterday...


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Very much looking forward to watching this one this summer!
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This one will be exciting to watch but don't blink cause the exterior of this one will come together quick.
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Good call Chad. This one is a very exciting project indeed. It'll be nice to see all the progress.
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Old thread

Here is a link to the old thread, and the first page still has renderings of the other options from the design competition.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=171825
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Yeah, this is the one project that I'm most excited to see turn out. Can't wait for the exterior terracotta cladding especially.

The only thing I dislike is how they gave it such a generic name. I wish they kept the Cantos in there to give it a little more of a branded stamp for the long-term.
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Haha wow! I love how the firm we got came in last place on that SSP poll. The original version of this was shit, compared to what we have now, so I understand. This is going to be a killer project, and with the New Central Library only a block away, this could be quite the high-design little area of the city!
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Yeah, the transformation between that initial proposal and what we see now is pretty staggering. That first version looked like total crap.

I'm still a little miffed how little effort Jean Nouvel put into the proposal.
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It should only be a few weeks until structural steel work begins. First week of may probably.
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The only thing I dislike is how they gave it such a generic name. I wish they kept the Cantos in there to give it a little more of a branded stamp for the long-term.
Let's all just start calling it Cantos and make it catch on.

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It should only be a few weeks until structural steel work begins. First week of may probably.
Great to hear, can't wait to see the shape come together.
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Potential here with the design, and I like that this one happened mostly from private donations, but still have higher expectations for the Central Library.

Big budget, international starchitect, tie-ins to Stephen Ave, lrt capsule, flexibility in floor plate size/design due to the nature of the building, potential mixing of uses. Hoping we get something a bit outrageous here.
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Yeah for sure. The Library has a budget well over $100 million larger than the NMC I think.

As far as naming goes, I'd rather it be called the Canadian National Music Centre, but as an alternative, National Music Centre is fine. A more simple and direct name like this conveys its importance and uniqueness a bit better.
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Having both Canadian and National in the title is kind of redundant. They both imply the same thing.

Myself, I would've preferred something like Cantos Music Centre.
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Yeah Cantos Music Centre or Cantos National Music Centre works for me
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Dumb question, but does 'Cantos' mean something or stand for anything?
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Potential here with the design, and I like that this one happened mostly from private donations, but still have higher expectations for the Central Library.

Big budget, international starchitect, tie-ins to Stephen Ave, lrt capsule, flexibility in floor plate size/design due to the nature of the building, potential mixing of uses. Hoping we get something a bit outrageous here.
$75 million for this came from government. $25 from each level I think.
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Dumb question, but does 'Cantos' mean something or stand for anything?
Cantos means songs in Spanish. Canto = song, Cantos is the plural form.
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If I was a tourist coming to visit Calgary, I would find National Music Centre more appealing. It makes it sound more official and exciting.
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That's exactly what I was thinking!
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Cantos means songs in Spanish. Canto = song, Cantos is the plural form.
A canto is also one part of an epic poem.
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