Public Buildings

Milton Performing Arts Centre/Central Library

Milton, Canada

ZAS provided concept design/bridging services leading towards the design-build development of a new performing arts/visual arts centre and central library in this high-growth suburban community.  Located at a prominent intersection, our concept design capitalizes on its’ gateway location to create a substantial and powerful Civic Campus for its citizens.  To realize the potential of the site, our building design is conceived as a series of public rooms linked by an open and transparent Civic Lobby that engages this corner site.  The openness of this lobby is symbolic and highly functional, providing a major assembly space that all building entrances converge upon.  The centerpiece is a 500-seat theatre designed in the classical “shoebox” proportion, resulting in a functional, yet memorable room, and supported by outstanding acoustics within the chamber.  Visual arts programs straddle both levels of the complex, with the major assembly and display programs being located at grade.  This includes a large multi-purpose room that is located prominently at one corner of the Lobby and also creates a direct and convenient link to other cultural programming offerings by Milton Public Library.   The Central Library exerts a powerful architectural presence along the street frontage, and can easily be identified as a distinct area within the overall complex.  In particular, a large cantilevered bay window and street level glazing showcase the amenities within and encourage public accessibility.


Town of Milton


82,000 sf


500-seat Theatre
Visual Arts Centre
Central Library
Art Gallery
Multi-Purpose Rooms
Art Studios
Civic Square

Sustainable Features