Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Renewed National Arts Centre of Canada, vision 2017

It was announced this morning that the National Capital Commission will go ahead with a complete renovation of the NAC. The National Arts Centre was a commissioned building in 1967 to celebrate the Centennial of Canada's Confederation, one of many projects that year. Now 50 years later the centre needs to be refreshed and renovated, acoustically the Southam Hall is wonderful but it needs to be cleaned up and the look modernized, the 1960's decor is dated. As for the public areas they also need to be opened up and look less monolithic and in some cases claustrophobic. These changes are needed and will certainly make for a new look to our National Arts Scene.

Here is the video on what is going to happen at the NAC as announced by Mayor Jim Watson.


  1. Yes this project will start almost immediately and is to be completed in 30 months. The architects Diamond and Schmitt are those who built the new Mariinsky theatre in St-Petersburg in 2013.

  2. Arts funding. Yeah!

    1. Yeah indeed, luckily there is a National election in 10 months and this project is sure to be a vote getter. This is why suddenly our Prime Minister who is not an arts fan, is interested.