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Old wall for a new building

Central Condo Urban Capital facade attached Modern Ottawa

The construction of Central condos is showing progress. The project includes the preservation of the facade of the Metropolitan Bible Church, as shown in the image above.

Central Condo Urban Capital facade attached Modern Ottawa
Central Condo Urban Capital facade attached Modern Ottawa

The 73 year old brick facade has been sitting on the construction site, strapped with a custom metal frame and Styrofoam boards to keep it as intact as possible. This weekend, the streets surrounding the construction site were closed and two large cranes moved the 300,000 lbs facade in place.

Several people stopped by to see the construction crew in action despite the cold weather. It will be interesting to see the final result.

Central Condo Urban Capital facade attached Modern Ottawa
Central Condo Urban Capital facade attached Modern Ottawa

1 comment:

  1. I'm not crazy about this solution. The heritage facade looks like it was tacked on as an afterthought (or an unwanted concession, which I understand it was), rather than a key element thoughtfully integrated into the overall design. I prefer the new building, but I know my taste is in the minority in this town that fetishizes anything and everything old. But if such a concession must be made, I wish the developer had put more thought into making the whole thing work. But maybe the finished building will look better than the drawing.

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