Dec 10, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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The National Arts Centre in Ottawa is getting a major facelift – to mark the country’s 150th birthday.

The government will provide $110.5 million – to add a new steel and glass structure to the exterior of the complex –  and will also undertake a general renovation of the cultural institution.

The National Arts Centre was opened to celebrate Canada’s centennial in 1967.

Its architecture fits the stark style common in the late 1960’s – a hexagon concrete block, with few windows and an entrance that could be missed by those passing by.

The interior has dark red carpeting and  lots of exposed concrete.

The upgrade is planned to be completed by 2017 and will bring a new lightness to the structure, with a glass tower and a new entrance – as well as views out onto Parliament Hill, and the Rideau canal.

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