The National Arts Centre in Ottawa is a Canadian landmark, conceived in Canada’s Centennial year in 1967 as the premier showcase for the very best performing arts in the country. Situated in the heart of the nation’s capital on Confederation Square, the NAC displays a rigorous and robust geometric order in the Brutalist style that made it a fortress for the arts.
In anticipation of Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, the NAC is undergoing rejuvenation to establish new transparency and connection with the city. The transformation will include improved spaces for performance, new wings for audience and presentation events and will create a visible presence and identity in the capital and for Canada as a whole.
A marquee tower designed to extend the geometry of the original architecture into the 21st century marks a new entrance. Public space for education, pre-concert gatherings and small concerts will occupy the new North Atrium. An upper level Lounge will take in views of Confederation Square and Parliament Hill. A transformed Fourth Stage, which serves as an incubator for theatre and music, will animate the NAC’s presence along Elgin Street.
This renewal brings the artistic energy of creation to the forefront to engage with the public and creates a dynamic crossroads for gathering at the NAC at all times of the day.