Bank of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

December 2016:  Two weeks ago I was early for a meeting in downtown Ottawa.  It was snowing but warm enough to enjoy a walk along Wellington Street.  The Bank of Canada buildings are just in the finishing stages of a major renovation and retrofit.  The complex consists of the original granite clad bank building, opened in 1938, and the two surrounding modern glass towers and indoor atrium designed by Arthur Erickson and opened in 1979. Erickson’s design includes two twelve storey towers, placed symmetrically around the heritage building, with a glazed atrium space complete with an indoor garden linking the two buildings.  The granite bank sits both within and outside the atrium

Of special importance was to achieve an architectural expression that would harmonize with the architectural style of the Parliament Buildings, maintain the spatial sequence of the surrounding streets, and integrate visually the old building, with the new development.” Arthur Erickson



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