Concrete is an integral part of the structural framework of Brutalist architecture buildings, however Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt decided to take an alternative route for the redesign initiative of Ottawa's arts center. The original design was completed in 1967 by Fred Lebensold, who drew inspiration from the Brutalist movement and created a fitting building -- a concrete structure with limited natural light sources.
While preserving the bold geometrical shapes and select concrete details of the modernist movement, Diammond Schmitt channeled the innate transparency of glass as the main material for the arts center. In doing so, the firm was able to communicate the core assertive values of classic Brutalist architecture buildings, while also providing visitors with a welcoming and well-lit environment.
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