Two milestones recognized as Diamond Schmitt designs upgrades to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

Renovations, including a new tower, stage, and lounge, will be completed in 2017, the year of Canada’s 150th and the center’s 50th birthday.

April 25, 2016 |
Two milestones recognized as Diamond Schmitt designs upgrades to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Rendering courtesy Diamond Schmitt. Click here for larger view.

As the country nears its 150th birthday, and as the building approaches 50 years of age, Canada is investing $110 million into renovating the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Construction began in February and the grand opening is scheduled for July 1, 2017.

A tower out front will mark the center’s new entrance, and performances from inside the venue can be projected onto its screens. The center will contain a new North Atrium that can hold pre-concert gatherings and small concerts. Other plans include a new Fourth Stage and an upper level lounge where guests can view the nearby Confederation Square and Parliament Hill. Diamond Schmitt Architects is the firm leading the new design.

“People have often remarked that it is unfortunate that the NAC turns its back to the city,” Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, said in a statement. “Our design will change that. The NAC will finally face the city and its most important public space, Confederation Square.”

According to the firm, the National Arts Centre holds around 1,300 performances and draws in 1.2 million visitors annually. 

Built in 1967, the center has a Brutalist style marked by its geometric shape and vertical glass exterior. 

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