The national engagement process for the architectural design of the facility has been labeled the Inspire555 Series, in a nod to its address: 555 Albert Street, at the western edge of downtown Ottawa, several blocks from Parliament, and on the new LRT line at Pimisi station.

The Inspire555 Series is the latest in an ongoing engagement program for this new national destination that began in 2013, and will continue through 2019 as you help inspire the facility’s design.

The Inspire555 Series will include design workshops, pop-up events, expert lectures, online activities and engagement (local and national), and knowledge sharing with Indigenous communities — all planned for 2019.

Led by world-renowned architects Diamond Schmitt Architects and Ottawa’s KWC Architects, theInspire555 Series will be rolled out in four design phases:

Building Blocks

Spaces and Relationships

Public Art and Landscape

Iconic features

Winter 2019


Spring 2019


Summer 2019


Fall 2019

(Coming in November)

Phase 1 - Building Blocks: How does this amazing location inform and inspire concepts for the new facility?

In the Building Blocks phase, we asked how the joint facility should sit on this amazing site.

What we heard from you:

  • You want the facility to take advantage of the views of the Ottawa River, parks and waterways
  • There should be multiple entrances to accommodate the multiple approaches to the site and all the ways of getting there (bike, walking, LRT, car, bus, etc.)
  • The interior design should invite visitors to wander, discover and explore all of the spaces in the facility.

Phase 2 - Spaces and Relationships

In Phase 2 of Inspire555, we asked for public input on how spaces in the new facility complement one another, the exterior and the views.

Participants also took a fresh look at what LAC and OPL spaces and services will be offered in the new facility, and helped inspire a design that is flexible and can adapt to customer expectations for generations to come.

Phase 3 - Public Art and Landscape

At this workshop, you will meet the artists and designers selected to bring to life the joint facility’s public art and landscape designs

You will have the chance to:

  • View initial concepts for integrating art into the joint facility;
  • Take part in hands-on activities to provide inspiration to the artists;
  • Provide inspiration to create a unique outdoor experience on this breathtaking site;
  • Provide input on sustainable design features for this project;
  • Hear the architects share how input from the second phase of engagement has informed the development of the design.

Don’t miss an opportunity to help inspire the Public Art and Landscape for the new joint facility! Register for a workshop today!

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Place: Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street


Date:  Thursday, August 22, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Place: Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street


In addition, a new online questionnaire is now available. As a resident of Ottawa or a visitor to the National Capital Region, we want to hear your thoughts on the public art you would like to see, and how you would like to use the exterior spaces surrounding the new facility. We also want to know your thoughts on sustainability features in the new facility.

This questionnaire complements the input that will be gathered at the two workshops to be held on August 21 and 22 in Ottawa. Hundreds of participants are expected to share their thoughts on Public Art, Landscape and Sustainability features.

The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Before you start, you will be asked to register with the City of Ottawa’s engagement tool. It takes a few minutes and none of your personal information will be shared. A privacy statement is available on the registration page. 

(Questionnaire now closed.)