DESIGN COMPETITION FOR THE NEW WATERFRONT ARTS DISTRICT
The Winning Design Team
KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordan Bennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar have been selected as the winning team of the international design competition for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Waterfront Arts District.
The new Gallery and Arts District, located on the Salter Block of the Halifax Waterfront, will be a transformative arts destination for all to experience. It will inspire and celebrate creativity and imagination, but also challenge the status quo and reshape institutional values. It will be a place created with people, art, and culture at its core.
The work completed by the winning team embodies a vision of a place for all seasons, rooted in sustainability, connecting the city at the water. It’s a gathering space where art, learning and community unite.
After individual review and consideration, a jury of seven experts met over two days to evaluate the design competition submissions and provide a recommendation for the winning submission. We are pleased to share the Jury Report which summarizes the process undertaken by the Province, technical experts and the jury, the jury’s recommendation, and their comments regarding the winning scheme.
KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordan Bennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar
Our integrated team has co-created a design inspired by the rich culture and Indigenous ways of thinking of the Mi’kmaq people, radically shifting the paradigm of a major provincial art institution to be open, accessible, welcoming, relevant, and unique in every way. We have imagined a transformative place on the Halifax waterfront that catalyzes new ways of thinking and being, new networks and relationships, all set within a regenerative landscape that builds the site from the ground up.