A Sense of Belonging: The new building realizes more than a decade long dream to create a stand-alone, state-of-the-art museum facility. The white cubist form achieves a bold, highly visible architectural presence for the OAG within the National Capitol and establishes the OAG as the heart of redeveloped Arts Court complex (formerly the former Carleton County Courthouse, 1871). The exterior façade features a programmable colour-LED façade for future commissioned works, forging even stronger connections between the OAG and the city.
Cultural Hub and Major Destination: The design was conceived to directly help the OAG achieve its mandate to be the most vital arts institution in Ottawa. According to Canadian artist, Max Dean: “the new OAG embodies the flow, mix and energy that make for a vibrant culture. You do not feel removed, but part of the city, part of the Outaouais culture. This is a very practical and thoughtful structure that seeks to make and maintain connections.” Max Dean, Canadian artist.
An Intelligent Solution: The small urban footprint required a vertical solution resulting in five-storey building. Within this format, interconnecting stairs and access to outdoor terraces are choreographed to create intuitive routes through the exhibition galleries. Two barrier-free entrances with access to outdoor courtyards and east-west pedestrian connectivity through the ground level establish the OAG as a welcoming, open destination.