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national arts center of canada
ottawa, ontario

Project Team

Diamond Schmitt Architects

Theatre Consultant
Fisher Dachs Associates

Doublespace Photography

When it opened in 1969, the National Arts Centre was Canada's premier venue for the performing arts. The ensuing 50 years took their toll on technical systems, leaving original functional and acoustic shortcomings largely unaddressed, while the once-chic brutalist architecture challenged yet another generation of Canadians to find the front door. In time for Canada's sesquicentennial, the Centre's newly expanded public spaces now beckon passers-by and at last show off the bustle that has always been there inside. New performance, education and gathering spaces create a beacon for the arts amongst Confederation Square and Parliament Hill while Southam Hall, the Centre's flagship 2,065-seat hall for opera and orchestra, celebrated the unveiling of a fine new orchestra shell in 2018.