• Halifax, NS
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Province of Nova Scotia; Develop Nova Scotia; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Acre Architects
  • Brackish Design Studio
  • Charcoal Blue
  • Englobe
  • Hanscomb
  • Jensen Hughes
  • Local Projects
  • RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd
  • Shannon Webb-Campbell
  • Tillotson Design
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Planning & Urban Design
  • Structural Engineering
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DIALOG with Acre Architects, Brackish Design Studio and Shannon Webb-Campbell were selected as one of three finalists in the competition to design the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in September 2020. The submission, titled Sea Change, is an ambitious call to move beyond the traditional museum mandate of display and conservation to embrace new programs, art forms, practices and disciplines. The building form is inspired in part by the local fog; sea smoke. This misty moving blanket envelopes the harbour, the boardwalk, and the buildings with a soft light that harmonizes the colors and textures of the land and water, while gently moving a moving and undulating along its length.

"The arts district will be a welcoming and inclusive public gathering place on the Halifax Waterfront that showcases the best in contemporary art and public programs."
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
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First Light Gallery 01

Moving through the gently curving floor of the temporary galleries one comes upon the final gallery. This gallery is called the First Light Gallery, at this point the building opens dramatically to remarkable views of the harbour and St George’s Island. Oriented to the sunrise over the harbour, this gallery is a place to welcome the dawn, marking time in a different way, and to celebrate the works of Indigenous artists

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia design competition presentation

Presentation begins at 1h17m