For the inauguration of the National Arts Centre’s transformative renewal on July 1st, 2017, the Toronto Star profiles the architectural reinvention of Canada’s premier performing arts centre.
The $110-million first phase of renewal adds new public space filled with natural light and views facing Parliament and other Ottawa landmarks. It reorients a previously inscrutable facility that was difficult to access and which now faces and embraces the city. A glass tower houses a transparent digital screen for live-streaming performances from inside the building and across the country.
“We want to honour and protect the Brutalism of the building, but add new layers of transparency and visibility, and connect it to the city,” says Don Schmitt.
The story continues: “(The NAC) had been dreaming of a building redux for years, going as far as to put out a request for proposals in 2011. After fielding proposals from across the country, Diamond Schmitt was chosen, and it’s reasonable to wonder if the outcome was really ever in doubt.”
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