Rejuvenated National Arts Centre by Diamond Schmitt Architects

National Arts Centre

National Arts CentreThe Government of Canada announced $110.5 million in capital funding for the rejuvenation and transformation of the National Arts Centre (NAC) on Confederation Square in Ottawa. The project designer is Diamond Schmitt Architects. Originally completed in the late 1960’s, the NAC is a landmark building with a range of performance and production spaces.
National Arts CentreDesigned with a rigorous geometric order, the NAC has developed a storied history of excellence in the presentation of music, drama and dance from across Canada. The transformation will include improved spaces for performance, new wings for audience and presentation events and establishes a visible presence and identity in the capital and for Canada as a whole.
National Arts CentreA marquee tower designed to extend the geometry of the original architecture into the 21st century marks a new entrance that will display performance imagery and live feeds from the NAC stage, as well as imagery to support national events and commemorations. This new visibility for programs and events will enhance awareness of the NAC as part of the national capital experience.
National Arts CentreIn reimagining the centre with transparency, creating distant views and connection to both the landscape and urban Ottawa, the design brings the artistic energy of creation to the forefront so it can be seen by the public and create a dynamic crossroads for gathering throughout the day. A transformed Fourth Stage, which serves as an incubator for new music performance, will animate the NAC’s presence along Elgin Street.
National Arts CentreThe renewed NAC will have a much more public face for events, for education, for performance and creation outside the traditional venues of the theatre spaces as well as enhance the existing theatres for the improved experience of patrons.  “The new entrance of the NAC will be warm and inviting, and will embrace the nation’s capital for the first time,” said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC.
National Arts Centre“The NAC is a national treasure – a living symbol of the performing arts in Canada, and a Crown asset that needs to be restored. We are proud to renew one of our country’s most important cultural institutions just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017,” said The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Source by Diamond Schmitt Architects.

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