The building is to appear above the complex of the Hammingbird Theater Center, a government agency in dire financial straits. Its two main tenants, the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada, move in 2006 to the new Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts building, and it is left without a stable source of funding.
The administration of the Center decided to follow the example of the Directorate of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which built in the 1980s. on his plot of land in Manhattan, an elite residential building designed by Cesar Pelly. To save the Hammingbird Center, Daniel Libeskind was invited, who has recently presented a significant number of apartment building projects around the world.
He proposed to build the 1960 construction of the architect Peter Dickenson into the podium of a glass tower, resembling the outlines of boots. It will cover the least successful two building facades out of four, and emphasize the rest. There will be a garden on the roof of the theater.
Opponents of the project say that this is disrespect for the architectural monument, and Libeskind's work itself is called kitsch and is accused of vulgarity. Supporters of the architect and himself believe that the building will bring a spirit of modernity to a very traditional and conservative city.