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Political Designs - By Brian Libby

EVOQ Architecture:
Where Past Meets Present
If a new embassy or a presidential library is about presenting a contemporary
interpretation of history, restoring the massive Parliament Hill complex in
Ottawa might seem like a more straightforward if lengthy challenge. The
multibuilding Parliament complex, first constructed in the lead-up to Canada's
independence from Great Britain in 1867, is being restored one building at a
time in a more than decade-long construction process.
At the center of Parliament Hill is the Centre Block (which contains
Parliament Hill icons like the Peace Tower, the House of Commons, and
the Senate), as well as the West Block and East Block to either side
(with administrative offices and meeting spaces). But before work could
begin on the Centre Block restoration, the government needed an interim
chamber in which House of Commons legislators could still convene and
debate the issues of the day during construction. That meant a unique
design opportunity and challenge for EVOQ Architecture and its team of
collaborators: a grand but temporary House chamber in the oval-shaped
central courtyard of the West Block.

Historic masonry
meets with modern
millwork in the
glass-enclosed
temporary voting
chamber at
the Parliament
Hill complex.
(Image: Tom Arban
Photography)

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