National Arts Centre (Architectural Rejuvenation)


The National Arts Centre is a Canadian landmark, conceived in 1967 (Canada’s Centennial year) 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 Brutalist style that made it a fortress for the arts. In anticipation of Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, a rejuvenation was completed to establish new transparency and connection with the city. The transformation includes improved spaces for performance, new wings for audience and presentation events, and a new identity in the capital and for Canada as a whole. 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. 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. FDA provided all performative capabilities and infrastructure for the public spaces.

  • Client: National Arts Centre
  • Project Category: Performing Arts Centers
  • Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Completion Year: 2017
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Acoustician: Threshold

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