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Old Posted Oct 18, 2018, 3:19 PM
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It really does. It greatly improves the building's proportional relationship with the street.
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This one in Downtown Ottawa is being gutted and will be re-built for NavCanada. Renderings of the new look will apparently be released in December.

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Here is actually a really nice looking reclad retrofit.
Source: http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2018/12/...ero-operations
As the Government of Canada prepares to vacate Toronto's Dominion Public Building across from Union Station after 86 years, a more permanent home is being prepared for its 1,900 federal employees. Now, two buildings at Yonge and St Clair, also home to some Federal ministry offices, are being retrofitted for Public Services and Procurement Canada to house the Ontario flagship offices of the Federal Government in a newly redesigned Arthur Meighen Building. Named for the 9th Prime Minister of Canada, the building will house Ontario’s branch of the Canada Revenue Agency and several other Federal ministries when it is completed in 2022.





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Old Posted Dec 10, 2018, 3:47 PM
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^ The renderings look very promising on that one... that is really nice.
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I like that though even though they are completely altering the look of it, it will still have that 1950's feel to the updated design. Also what is there right now looks like 2 separate buildings and a bit of a mess.

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That looks ugly....yeesh. The existing facades look fine, but I understand that some folks may find it busy.
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That looks ugly....yeesh. The existing facades look fine, but I understand that some folks may find it busy.

I don't mind what is there now, 27 St Claire is actually pretty handsome, 55 however acts like a bunker at street level. It looks to have indoor parking at street on the main floor. I hope they are able to save some of the detailed relief work from 27. I understand though that both buildings are probably energy hogs, they are probably both out dated internally needing a major retrofit. I'm sure this was the most feasible option other then tearing down and staring over.

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Old Posted Dec 11, 2018, 3:27 PM
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This happened years ago but I came a acroos some great before and after pics after responding in another thread.

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[IMG]Dineen Building - 2010 by Jim Cagney, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]140 Yonge Street,Toronto - 2010 by Jim Cagney, on Flickr[/IMG]
On the left with Dineen's department store, the namesake of the new coffee shop
[IMG]Downtown Yonge Street, Circa 1910 by Jim Cagney, on Flickr[/IMG]


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[IMG]Conrer of Yonge & Temperance Streets by Jim Cagney, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]The Chase by Jeff Hitchcock, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Dineen Coffee Co. by Mark Heine, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Dineen Coffee Co. by aratrikag, on Flickr[/IMG]
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A job well done for sure. The office space is rented out by iq suites who have turned into executive office suites/co-working space. I've been though a few times and it looks great on the inside as well.
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I love the floor in the coffee shop. I wonder if it's the original?
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I love the floor in the coffee shop. I wonder if it's the original?
Me too, although I doubt that it's original. It certainly suits the building, however.
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Hotel complex in Downtown Ottawa. Re-opening today as a Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suits.

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Wow, they brought it from 1972 to 1987!
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I think they could've done worse with what the rendering showed, but still, I prefer the original. Even then, my preference is based not on the final result, but the change in architectural form and space.

Saying that, I would like to see an image of the recladed towers on a sunny day, glassy materials don't look quite as great on an overcast day.
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Glazing is nice, but is that a Petro Canada out front or a porte cochere?
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I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Looks better than the renderings, which is pretty rare, especially in Ottawa.

The initial proposal that would have seen the towers demolished and replaced with taller contemporary buildings probably would have looked better in the end, but I prefer salvaging as much of an older building as possible. It preserves some history, and in this case some fairly unique architecture (for Ottawa at least). It also reduces waste and therefore, better for the environment in the long run.
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