The rejuvenation of the National Arts Centre (NAC) performing arts facility, which opened in 1969, includes a new glass façade and the addition of 36,000 square feet of indoor space.
The new north atrium includes a new Donor's Lounge and increases public lobby space, washroom facilities, catering spaces, and private meeting spaces. 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.”
Access is improved with street-level entry at Elgin Street and the introduction of elevator banks, which provides barrier-free access from underground parking levels. 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.