In 2003, Soulpepper Theatre Company and George Brown Theatre School announced plans to join forces and build the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, a theatre and education facility that would bring top-notch actors, drama students, and artistically inclined youth together under one roof. Progressive ideas like these require progressive buildings to house them and local firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg answered the call. Located in the Distillery District, the centre incorporates two former tank houses. The long and wide alley between these structures, topped with a flat roof in heavy Douglas fir timbers, serves as the main lobby. Soulpepper’s facilities (two main theatres, green room, change room and administrative offices) sit to the left of this well-lit space, while George Brown’s facilities (a theatre, three double-height studio spaces, two classrooms, a costume workshop and administrative offices) are found to the right. But the show doesn’t stop here. Other performance spaces include a small cabaret theatre at the end of the lobby and an outdoor garden and stage where you can check out performance events in summer months.