Ottawa’s parliamentary precinct is undergoing renewal: The House of Commons and Senate will conduct affairs in alternate locations for the next ten years while Centre Block is restored. Diamond Schmitt Architects with KWC Architects transformed the former Ottawa train station, which became the Government Conference Centre, to house the Senate. In a recent article, The Globe and Mail looks at the design interventions of these works plus a new visitor centre.
“Diamond Schmitt’s design of the interior has some beautiful moments,” the article states. “The mix of materials and textures is both playful and skillfully handled by the architects.”
The project reintroduces the processional route through the building and restores the major public spaces, including the finely detailed General Waiting Room, with columns, arches and large Diocletian windows beneath a vaulted plaster ceiling, and culminates with the Senate Chamber located in the former station concourse.
The Senate of Canada Building weaves contemporary architecture and craftsmanship in detailing that both complements and juxtaposes the celebrated features of the original Beaux-Arts building.
The Library of Parliament now conducts free tours of the building, allowing the public into this important cultural and historic landmark for the first time in decades. Click here for further information.
To read the complete story on the parliamentary precinct renewal, please click here.