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Ottawa: Parliament Hill and Block 2

Stage 2:
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects (Toronto, Canada) in joint venture with Bjarke Ingels Group (New York, United States), KWC Architects (Ottawa, Canada) and ERA Architects (Toronto, Canada)
  • NEUF Architects (Ottawa, Canada) in joint venture with Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Paris, France)
  • Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes Inc. (Montréal, Canada)
  • Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects (Ottawa, Canada) in joint venture with Behnisch Architekten (Boston, United States)
  • Wilkinson Eyre (London, United Kingdom) in association with IDEA Inc. (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Zeidler Architecture Inc. (Toronto, Canada) in association with David Chipperfield Architects (London, United Kingdom)

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CBC with a story and images of the finalist concepts:


From the above:

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Surprised no one followed up - Zeidler/David Chipperfield is the winner.


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Surprised no one followed up - Zeidler/David Chipperfield is the winner.


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No one even commented on the renders I posted above. This section of the forum gets to little attention to get attention, LOL.
 
No one even commented on the renders I posted above. This section of the forum gets to little attention to get attention, LOL.
None of them IMO are really all that inspiring for said space, and are rather demure in comparison to the heritage elements around them.

Ultimately the project is tricky because there almost is a unconscious call for the creation of a better ceremonial approach and the fixing of the Parliament Hill view axis, but the project brief prevents it from happening.

Likewise, I think that a more 'traditionally-minded' design may have also worked, but it goes against the international prerogative of the modern Canadian government (which is why I doubt the Parliament Judicial Triad around the Supreme Court will ever be completed).
 
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The Wilkinson Eyre proposal was an easy favourite for me with its confident, well proportioned and tasteful massing and engaging cladding. The Y columns at ground level also evoke the vaulted ceilings of Ottawa's iconic Gothic Revival buildings, creating a pleasant harmony between new and old in the cityscape.

The Zeidler design distastefully meets the street with a blank wall and some trees that probably won't grow well. I agree that a more traditionalist approach could have resulted in greatness here.
 

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