Architecture49 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Jones
The new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) will be an anti-institution: an open and democratic place catalyzing new currents of cultural life at the Halifax waterfront; a radically inclusive hub where creative engagement engenders both a welcoming and comfortable space for all to convene, and a setting in which the most challenging contemporary issues may be confronted through the medium of art.
The Salter block offers an extraordinary opportunity between downtown and the Port of Halifax for creating a new public space around the AGNS mission. A continuous cultural fabric will connect the city to the boardwalk, right through the AGNS foyer—inviting locals and visitors alike without inhibition to pass through, hangout, mix, and encounter art. At the same, the life of the Gallery will spill out freely to the public with food, education, installation, making and music.
In this PDF, you will learn more about the detailed inspiration and rationale behind the design by Architecture49 (A49) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) + Hargreaves Jones. Each level of the building design is expanded upon and key insight about the concept is revealed within this design summary.