The rejuvenation of the National Arts Centre (NAC) performing arts facility, opened in 1969, includes a new glass façade and the addition of 36,000 square feet of indoor space to the existing facility.
The new north atrium increases public lobby space, washroom facilities, catering spaces, private meeting spaces, and a new Donors' Lounge. The rejuvenation features a breathtaking hexagonal tower of glass and steel, emerging from the original NAC design concept. The existing meeting space and outside terrace space are expanded on the east elevation. Terraces are enhanced with the addition of green-roof plantings. The west elevation sees an expansion on Elgin Street, incorporating a new “Fourth Stage.”
Accessibility is improved by the addition of barrier-free access from underground parking levels with the introduction of new elevator banks, as well as direct access from street level at Elgin Street. The existing ticket office is renovated to allow easier patron movement and to permit greater natural light into the main foyer area. The entire facility remains operational during construction.