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    The former chapel is the centrepiece of the ensemble

    Campanile Church in Alta Vista now sits like a ghost town, its future uncertain

    Tim Murray carefully climbs the stairs in an abandoned church he designed more than 50 years ago on what were, in the 1960s, farm fields on the outskirts of Ottawa. The church was the centrepiece of Murray’s largest commission to date — a convent and education centre on Heron Road that included a dozen interconnected […]


    The Brutalist Truth about The National Arts Centre

    A fortress for culture: This is how the National Arts Centre has seemed to many since it opened half a century ago in the heart of Ottawa. And now, the fortress has been breached. On Canada Day, the country’s flagship arts complex officially opens the first phase in a $110.5-million renovation. Its ribbed-concrete walls, speckled […]


    When architecture meets collective values

    On a winter day, Ottawa looked as if it had all the colour sucked out of it. As I visited the headquarters of the Bank of Canada recently, the building’s reflective glass mirrored shades of greige in the cityscape’s slush, asphalt and limestone. Then I stepped inside the bank’s atrium, a 12-storey-tall space lined with shimmering […]


    Architect Arthur Erickson’s Bank of Canada legacy

    Why some of the celebrated Canadian architect’s work has been discarded As the Bank of Canada’s roughly 1,600 employees move back into to their landmark Ottawa headquarters early this year, few are likely to pause to admire any of the 50 rather plain oak-and-tubular-steel desks scattered through some of their shared meeting spaces. There are, […]

    Addition to the National Arts Centre along the Rideau Canal. Diamond Schmitt Architects

    National Arts Centre officially breaks ground for major renovations

    Canadian architect Donald Schmitt is heading the $110-million project The National Arts Centre redesign will use glass to counter the concrete, “adding a layer of transparency,” the architect heading the project said on CBC Radio’s All In A Day after the $110-million renovation project officially broke ground on Tuesday. A new Elgin Street entrance and […]

    Massey House viewed across McKay Lake

    Split decision: Rockcliffe architect wins severance battle

    A two-year Rockcliffe Park battle that pitted neighbour against neighbour is over — at least for now. In a 37-page decision, the Ontario Municipal Board has ruled that architect Robin Fyfe can go ahead with a plan to sever a large lot at the corner of Old Prospect Road and Lansdowne Road into two lots […]


    National Arts Centre renovations to begin in December 2015

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced it would begin renovations of its 46 year-old building, situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, in December 2015. Work will begin in December, earlier than originally anticipated, ensuring completion of the new Elgin Street atrium entrance by Canada Day 2017 as planned. The completion of the NAC’s […]

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