Don Schmitt speaks to the Ottawa Citizen about the transformation of the National Arts Centre as it prepares to open its doors on July 1st. The addition and renovation is the largest project undertaken in the 50-year history of the centre, which was a Centennial year project.
“What Schmitt has created is antithetical to Lebensold’s brutalist, fortress-like building that, since the day it opened, has turned its back to the city. Yet he’s done it out of reverence for the original, he says. It’s important to understand a building’s strengths and weaknesses, but not be afraid to make changes.
The NAC will reveal its updated facilities in three phases – on Canada Day, with the new entrance and lower atrium; the atrium’s second floor and Fourth Stage, this fall; and an expanded Panorama Room next February.
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