Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Different Weather At The NAC Work Site

I have been regularly keeping track of the work going on at the National Arts Centre, where a glass enclosure is being built around much of the structure, scheduled to be complete in time for Canada Day in a few months. The NAC remains open in the meantime for performances. You can see the last post here.

I took this first shot a few days ago, coming across the Mackenzie King Bridge after visiting a site that I'll be showing you in a few days. Snow was falling over the city, casting a gloomy feel across the NAC, the Canal, and Parliament Hill. You can also see that the skate shelters have been lowered onto the Canal's side for the winter.

A couple of days later I went around the north side of the NAC, along the Canal and over Plaza Bridge for some shots of the structure. The framing for the enclosure appears to be finished, and the crews are starting to add glass to what will be a primary entrance.

This final shot from the Mackenzie King Bridge that day strikes quite a difference from the weather in the first shot.


  1. What a difference from the first photo to the last ...!


  2. Uma bela reportagem fotográfica.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

  3. It will look nice with a glass entrance.

  4. It is amazing how weather affects a scene. Great variety in your photos, again, today!

  5. I have always liked a lot of glass....but I wouldn't want to have to keep it sparkling!

  6. Will be interesting to see how the National Arts Centre looks on completion William. Love to see the snow, it's heating up over here and snow shots are a welcome sight ☺

  7. pouring rain the past 2 days, i enjoy the foggy shot. not saying i don't like rain ... just makes me sleepy. we so, so, so need the rain. have a great day! ( :

  8. Looks like they still have a way to go to get the job done.

  9. that will be a pretty entrance with all that glass!

  10. Another very pleasant walk with you William

  11. Although closing the NAC in glass may have a purpose I'm disappointed with it. I liked the wide open view of a beautiful structure. Just my opinion!

  12. I'd like to forget the first image fast. After two sunny days in wonderful winter conditions, our weather is grey and dreary today. :-(
    I like the photos of the work in progress.
    Is the NAC going to have a complete glass facade when the work is done?

  13. @Tomas: a big difference!

    @Francesco: thanks!

    @Marleen: it'll be quite different when it's all said and done.

    @Janis: I imagine the workers would like to get all the glass in place before winter really sets in.

    @Janey: window cleaning is going to be a big job!

    @Grace: we've still got some of the snow left, but a good deal of it's gone, at least for now.

    @Beth: give me the snow.

    @Sharon: it does feel like things are progressing though. I'm seeing new things every time I pass by. Once they've enclosed it with glass, however, it might be difficult to keep track of progress, since most of the remaining work will be interiors. I'd love to get inside and document that.

    @Tanya: it'll be quite different from the entrance that was already there.

    @Cloudia: a pleasure to show it.

    @Red: I think it's a matter of taste. The building is a product of the 1960s, which to me is a bad time for architecture. We'll see how it all ends up in the end, but I know I've liked the artistic sketches that have been around.

    @Norma: yes, lovely snow!

    @Jan: we've had more than our share of grey days since that snowfall, including today. It's going to enfold a good portion, but not the south section at all.

  14. They are definitely making progress. I like seeing the snow!

  15. I like the difference between the first and last shots! That's going to be a beautiful building.

  16. I love to see the snow, and I especially love your first photo!

  17. This will be a lovely building some day. And it's nice to see snow there.. :) We don't have any more snow, but I'm sure it will come back again in any time.

  18. It's nice seeing that progress is still marching forward. Will they stop for the winter and pick up again in the spring?

  19. Canada Day will be here before they no it! Hope it is done.

  20. @Lois: it was quite a sight to see.

    @Lowell: I think so.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Orvokki: it stayed around about a week. There's some of it still around at present.

    @Bill: they'll keep working through the winter. I'm under the impression they want to get the class completely installed before things get really cold so that they can work sheltered from the elements on interior work.

    @RedPat: and the NAC is announced a lot of programming around the finishing of the project, so they have to have it done on time.

  21. What?! No bikes?! Get out of here! :-)

  22. Quite a difference in the two scenes. That will be another fantastic place.

  23. I hope that snow is raising your spirits. The first shot looks gloomy indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing the NAC when it's completed. I hope you plan to check it out.

  24. I'm glad you're taking "in progress" shots. They're always an interesting contrast to the finished project.

  25. These are excellent photos! I have to go downtown some day... maybe!

  26. @Revrunner: bikes vanish in winter!

    @Mari: thank you!

    @Kay: I enjoy the snow.

    @ODP: it seemed a good idea, so I enjoyed documenting the project.

    @Jennifer: you should!