The architects of the Ottawa West Block’s ambitious rethink draw on similar European projects

The project of a lifetime': the architects of the west block's ambitious rethink draw on similar european projects
The design for the West Block has been carefully planned to take into consideration the important heritage characteristics of this building while ensuring it will meet parliamentary needs well into the 21st century

The architecture team designing an addition to the West Block on Parliament Hill describes it as “both contemporary and yet respectful of the building which surrounds it.”

The design features a free-standing pavilion in the centre of the courtyard of the West Block, as well as three new underground levels. The three-storey pavilion acts as a support for a glass roof, which will cover the entire courtyard.

When the new infill is finished in 2022, it will become the temporary chamber for the House of Commons, allowing the operations of Parliament to continue uninterrupted during renovation of the Centre Block, which is expected to last five to seven years.

When work in the Centre Block is complete with its restored chamber, the space will be converted into committee rooms.

“It’s the project of a lifetime; to take a building on Parliament Hill and not only to upgrade it but to add to it,” said architect Norman Glouberman. “And to do it in a way that we think will enhance the building and return it to its initial glory, and perhaps more than its initial glory.” ….

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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