EllisDon’s Atlantic Canada team has been selected to build the New Art Gallery of Nova Scotia a facility that will “embrace new ways of thinking and reimagine how a gallery can serve a community”.
Targeting zero carbon building certification, the 125,000 sq. ft. facility will include an active exterior public space designed to host large events and accommodate smaller groups for year-round arts-based programming as well as event infrastructure and commercial space.
KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordn Baennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar won an international design competition for the gallery.
The new gallery and arts district, located on the Salter Block of the Halifax waterfront will be a “transformative arts destination”.
A symbol of Mi’kmaw culture will be front and centre as the winning design for the new $130-million gallery includes a peaked hat shape at the entrance of the building, reminiscent of the headdress worn by Mi’kmaw women.
The design embodies “a vision of a place for all seasons, rooted in sustainability, connecting the city at the water”.
Halifax will provide a $7 million grant for construction of a new art gallery along the waterfront after all.
“EllisDon is honoured to be providing the City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia with the new Art Gallery to reflect the importance of art and culture in our communities and economy and provide authentic cultural experiences for all visitors,” the company said in a statement.