Architect Magazine (AIA) in its July issue explores the rejuvenated National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Finding ways to update Brutalist architecture for today’s needs that also respects original design intent is a question architects are increasingly facing, the article states. The NAC (1969) displays a rigorous and robust geometric order in concrete that made it a fortress for the arts.
The Diamond Schmitt rejuvenation establishes new transparency and connection with the city by extending the original hexagonal forms in both floor plan and finishes to create new public space interpreted in wood and glass.
The wood coffered ceiling is the focus of the article.
“Diamond Schmitt’s choice of wood stemmed in part from its desire to celebrate Canada’s vast forests and to showcase a domestic product—glulam made from Douglas fir trees grown in British Columbia. Wood is also a warm, “natural material used in a natural state,” Donald Schmitt says.
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