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Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion transform’s capital’s downtown


Part of downtown Ottawa is being transformed with the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion set to open in time for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. The development is in the heart of the capital, close to the Rideau Centre, the University of Ottawa, and with Parliament Hill just to the west.

The existing stone building on Daly Avenue is being expanded on adjacent vacant land with a new structure of five floors and 80,000 sq.ft.. Also included is a 23-storey tower and boutique hotel that is being built by the private sector.

The new gallery addition will provide conditioned exhibition space and a screen theatre for the Canadian Film Institute. The new gallery will be linked on four levels to the renovated existing building, which will provide studio and performance space for local arts groups.

Barry Padolsky Architects and KPMB developed the exemplar design for the City of Ottawa. The design-build consortium is DevMcGill, Groupe Germain, EBC, with Régis Côté et associés for detailed design, Pasquin St-Jean as structural engineers and Dupras Ledoux as mechanical and electrical engineers.

Construction began in July.

For more details and to see a video of the concept, click here.