Five architectural firms shortlisted by by a music foundation in Canada are competing to design a music venue in Calgary.

The five firms were chosen from the 66 US and European applicants to design the national music centre at King Eddy, scheduled to open in 2012.

The new building will stand on a 80,000ft² area incorporating an education research centre, a museum, a recording studio and a live music venue.

The firms will offer a conceptual design for the project, to be reviewed by a selection commitee comprising architects, artists, museum heads, musician and others.

The foundation will provide each of the five teams with $50,000 upon completion of a conceptual design for the project.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) President and CEO Chris Ollenberger said the national music centre project represents the future of the community.

The five firms include Allied Works Architecture / BKDI from Portland and Calgary, Jean Nouvel Workshop from Paris, Diller Scofidio and Renfro from New York with Kasian from Calgary, Saucier and Perrotte from Montreal with Graham Edmunds from Calgary and Studio Pali Fekete Architects from Los Angeles.