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July 15, 2004



I had heard the new building housing the United States Embassy to Canada described in unflattering terms: a fortress, a battleship, an aircraft carrier. At least these terms were meant to be unflattering. Imagine my surprise to discover the attractive and sympathetic building pictured above. The rather grand mansard cum cupola is in keeping with the nearby Château Laurier and Parliament Hill itself while the glass structure echoes the National Gallery across the street.

Here are more images of Ottawa, Canada's capital city in exciting virtual reality.

And then... Ravishing Light points out the cupola is, in all likelihood, a Marine redoubt. Very clever and sadly necessary in these troubled times.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 15, 2004 08:59 AM

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You should see the Canadian embassy in DC - ugh.

Posted by: Bill from INDC Journal at July 15, 2004 12:23 PM

Yeah, that's Arthur Erickson who tends torward the space fortress look. Simon Fraser University must have been in half the sf tv series ever made.

Posted by: Flea at July 15, 2004 12:53 PM

The building lacks ... soul.

Posted by: Bill from INDC Journal at July 15, 2004 01:49 PM

Professional architecture critics have their heads so far up their posteriors that they see stars.

I've heard nice things said about that new art school in Toronto,ja, that dalmation brink on stilts space pod thing, by the same crowd. They are idiots.

The embassy is just sort of ok.

Posted by: Fred at July 16, 2004 01:11 PM

The back of the US embassy is similarly interesting, albeit slightly less dramatic. It's unfortunately not sitting in a very good lot for appreciating variation between the building's faces.

Posted by: Paul Denton at July 17, 2004 12:38 AM