Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

Image Gallery:

National Gallery of Canada

Moshe Safdie Architect

Ottawa, Ontario


About the building:

The National Gallery of Canada is a striking landmark against the Capital's skyline. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988, this treasure house in granite and glass is the home of Canada's exceptional art collection. Light, spacious galleries and quiet courtyards lead you on a voyage of discovery through the Canadian collection, a reflection of the rich diversity of Canada's heritage and culture. Over 1,200 works from the permanent collection are on view.

more information here http://www.igppaconference.org/gallerie.html or http://www.orsa.ca/TopBldgs/Gallery.htm


The approach to the building. Exterior in exposed concrete.
Entrance walk up to the main rotunda/meeting place.

Shading beneat the glass of the main rotunda space.
The main rotunda space - access most galleries from here. Its shape mimics the parliament buildings adjacent.

Ramp access to upper galleries.
Looking down the ramp to the upper galleries.
Daylight access corridor to the main upper galleries.
Detail of the daylighting of the upper corridor.
Inside one of the smaller side galleries.
Main type of gallery hall - note toplighting.
Looking up into the skylight over the main entrance corridor.
Looking down on the glass bottomed wishing pond.

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last updated March 8, 2008