That National Arts Centre inaugurates the completion of Phase 2 of its transformation today with the opening of the renewed Fourth Stage. Designed to enhance the intimacy of its setting and enliven the streetscape along Elgin Street, the Fourth Stage programs new and up and coming performers, stand-up and theatre in a cabaret setting.
Ottawa Magazine today considers the rejuvenation of the NAC from its original form, deemed “too elitist” where “the building turned its brutalist cement back to the city” and contrasts the renewed NAC, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects.
“Walls of transparent glass are meant to invite passersby inside. You do not need a ticket to use the free Wi-Fi, catch a lecture, or participate in other planned events… The most distinctive new feature is the Kipnes Lantern, a hexagonal glass structure rising 20 metres from Elgin Street. Inside the Lantern, named after Edmonton philanthropists Dianne and Irving Kipnes, are public areas for relaxing and rental spaces for meetings or performances.”
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