TORONTO – For the second year in a row, Diamond Schmitt Architects will be recognized with a Civic Trust Award in 2019. The National Arts Centre rejuvenation won the jury’s favour for demonstrating excellence in architecture, sustainability and universal design.
The project transforms Canada’s premier performing arts centre in Ottawa while honouring the elegance of its concrete brutalism. New interior public gathering space creates transparency and connection with the city. The original geometry is extended on the footprint of former terraces with a palette of Canadian Douglas Fir, Owen Sound Ledgerock, bronze and bespoke glass curtainwall to expose and celebrate the creative activity inside.
“We are honoured to be recognized by the Civic Trust for a design that brings performing arts to the forefront and creates visible presence and identity to engage the public at all times of the day,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The renewal enhances acoustics, sightlines and accessibility in the main Southam Hall and animates the street presence of the Fourth Stage, an incubator for theatre and music. New interior spaces frame and enhance views to Parliament Hill, to monuments, and the greenery of the Rideau Canal parkland in the heart of the capital city. To watch a three-minute day-in-the-life video of the new NAC, please click here:
Now in its 60th year, the Civic Trust Awards is the longest-running built environment awards program in Europe. The National Arts Centre project is one of only a few award winners from North America among a roster of projects selected from hundreds of submissions. The UK-based built environment awards program recognizes projects that demonstrate a positive social, cultural, environmental and economic benefit to the local community. The Civic Trust will present awards and commendations on March 1, 2019 in Manchester, England.
In 2018, Diamond Schmitt Architects won the Civic Trust Award for Lazaridis Hall, a welcoming crossroads designed for academic collaboration at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Previous Civic Trust awards for the firm include two projects in Toronto, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare (2016) for connecting a campus of care with its community, and Daniels Spectrum (2015) for its performance, rehearsal, learning and social enterprise space for local arts and cultural groups.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural firm with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, sports facilities, master plans, residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.