Stop ‘thinking outside the box’
Re: Thinking outside the box: Eight new ideas for Château Laurier expansion, Dec. 10.The major problem with the Château Laurier expansion is that there should really be no “thinking outside the box”. The key to this crucial project is to think inside the box. The Château Laurier design is already there; all they have to do is replicate it.Many architects in Ottawa get frustrated with old Ottawa architecture because they always want to be innovative and modern, and with existing old Ottawa architecture there is no great challenge for an architect. The architectural tragedy, though, is that if a modern facade is added to existing classical architecture, the result is a mess and an eyesore that will have to be lived with for an awfully long time.All of these eight new ideas do not “blend in” with the existing building; they stand out like a sore thumb. One should not actually notice where the old part ends and where the new edition begins. A good architect should be seen, but not heard. These new attempts are nothing more than architectural noise, which does not suit such a grand and sophisticated dame as the Château Laurier. Don’t experiment — just copy! Douglas Cornish, Ottawa
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