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The Canadian National Arts Centre’s Hexagonal Ceiling Coffers

The Canadian National Arts Centre’s Hexagonal Ceiling CoffersOn the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, July 1, 2017, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre (NAC) raised the curtain on the first phase of a $110 million renovation and restoration project designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSA). Designed in Autodesk Revit by DSA, the coffers are arranged on a 10-foot equilateral triangle grid, forming hexagons that total 20 feet across. Each triangular coffer comprises three 9.5-foot-long, 3.1-inch-thick glulam members, with slightly rounded edges at their vertices to blur any misalignment.

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