The trustees of the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan unveiled the concept drawings for their new building Wednesday, along with a price tag much higher than originally forecast.
The Saskatoon building, which will be built on River Landing next to Persephone Theatre, will replace the Mendel Art Gallery and is projected to open in 2014.
The gallery is now expected to cost $84 million, up from the original estimate of $51 million.
Trustees believe the public will still support the build, which goes before city council for approval during a special meeting May 30.
The gallery would feature more space for exhibits and storage, as well as public-use space. It will also feature a special tribute space to the late philanthropist Fred Mendel and his contribution to the arts.
The building is designed by KPMB Architects of Toronto, who also designed the Hamilton Art Gallery, the Toronto International Film Festival building and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
Winnipeg-based Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated were also involved in the design of the gallery.
The building is slated to be built with three levels of government funding, but the gallery is also looking to fundraise $20 million. City staff are to report back to council regarding the funding strategy by mid-2011.
An open house is being held on June 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at TCU Place to get public feedback on the plans. Trustee Art Knight said the new space will "get rid of the model of the art gallery as a temple" and will instead appeal to all ages and backgrounds.