The beginning of a new chapter in Ottawa's cultural history - Mayor Jim Watson
The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is part of a long-standing vision for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. It will raise the profile of Arts Court as the City of Ottawa’s downtown arts centre, located on Daly Avenue in the heart of the retail, arts and theatre district, surrounded by the University of Ottawa, the Rideau Centre, the Convention Centre, and steps away from the Rideau Canal, National Arts Centre, Byward Market and new LRT stations.
This unique city-building project expands the OAG and Arts Court by utilizing vacant City-owned land and integrating it with complementary private sector investment and development. The building is a new, museum standard Ottawa Art Gallery, and renovated spaces within Arts Court provide improved facilities for local artists and arts organizations.
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Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects and KPMB Architects (advocate architects) / EBC Inc., DevMcGill and Groupe Germain with Régis Côté et Associés (DBFM consortium)
Detail of cladding—a powder-coated expanded aluminum mesh, embedded with continuous LED strips that produce a subtle shimmering effect at night.
The stair suspended above the Jackson café (right) and brass fixtures and furnishings of the café are inspired by the original marble and brass staircase from the Firestone residence, designed in 1960. The stair was restored and relocated to the new OAG, and is now showcased in the main entrance (left).