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Nova Centre, Halifax Building

Design: IBI Group

The Nova Centre was recently named the winner in the Industrial, Civic and Office category in IBI’s 2019 Interior Design Excellence global awards program.

Nova Centre, Halifax Building by IBI Group

Bringing big-city vibe to downtown Halifax

28 Feb 2020

Nova Centre in Halifax – Major Nova Scotia Building

IBI Group provided integrated design services, including architecture, interior design, landscape and urban design to realize the $500M, mixed-use Nova Centre development, comprised of 1M sq. ft. of commercial, hotel and retail space on a 2.5 acre downtown sloped site, and featuring the centerpiece facilities for the Halifax Convention Centre (HCC).

Nova Centre, Halifax Building interior, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Nova Centre is the largest structure of its kind in Canada east of Montreal, offering historic views of Halifax Harbour and Citadel Hill. The radial nature of the City’s view plane by-law uniquely shapes the project’s exterior envelope, which reflects the city’s proud sailing heritage as billowing sails or a ship’s prow.

Nova Centre, Halifax Building by IBI Group

To complement the maritime feel, the project will feature a giant sculptural whale as a public art component designed at the entrance to the arcade, which runs through the building as a shared, covered street for cars, bikes and pedestrians alike.

Nova Centre, Halifax Building by IBI Group

The interior design bridges coastal and natural outdoor elements within the built environment. Seeing the effect of saltwater on metal across the city, the raw element of rust was integrated into the design in a new and forward-thinking way.

Nova Centre in Halifax - Major Nova Scotia building interior

A first-of-its-kind facility for Atlantic Canada, it serves as a hub for the Halifax community, supporting entertainment, retail, business, dining and event space for public and private groups.

Nova Centre in Halifax - Major Nova Scotia interior design

Transformative in nature, it is attracting the attention of major users hosting both national and international events, in addition to spurring growth and redevelopment of small businesses in the immediate area. 

Nova Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia building

Since completion, the building has met its ambitions to serve as an incubator for new development and public activity in Downtown Halifax. 


Nova Centre, Halifax Building images / information from IBI Group 270220

Nova Centre in Halifax Canada development

Client: Rank Inc.
Location: Halifax, NS
Size: 1M sq ft
Status: 2018 – Completed

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Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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