- Since The Château Laurier Hotel property is located within one of the city’s Design Priority Areas and its Site Plan Control application is subject to the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) process, architectsAlliance, Larco Investments’ architectural team presented their February 2018 proposal to the UDRP at a meeting on March 1, 2018.
- On April 10, 2018 the architectural team also presented at a focused design review session to both City staff and three UDRP panel members.
- The Panel then reviewed the February 2019 design response to Council’s direction on the heritage permit on March 1, 2019.
SUMMARY OF PANEL’S RECOMMENDATION:
- Challenging project as it is a high-profile site
- Appreciated the lower height (down from 12 originally to 7 storeys)
- Positive contributions that the development will make to the public realm
- Further study was required of the east pavilion base and the central portion of glass between the east and west pavilions
- Suggested a more solid base
- East pavilion to more closely resemble the more successful west pavilion and less glass or screened glass in between
HOW THE ARCHITECTURAL TEAM RESPONDED TO UDRP
- More Indiana Limestone and Granite
- Less glass
- Clearer base-middle-top articulation for the east pavilion
- Using screens and opaque or patterned glass to reduce the night-time effects and impacts to birds on the glass-cad sections of the addition
- Better organization of the stone panels in the addition’s base; and
- Solid bronze returns at the corners
LARCO’S DEVELOPMENT PROJECT CREATES A RENEWED PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE IN OTTAWA’S DOWNTOWN
The proposed new glass corridor, interior courtyard, Mackenzie Avenue pedestrian forecourt along with Major’s Hill Park side pathway creates connections between the existing hotel and its surroundings while enhancing the area’s walkability and overall visitor experience.
One could enter the addition’s entrance and walk through to the front entrance of the Château Laurier instead of having to walk around the outside of the existing Château.
The proposed development will make it easier to access Major’s Hill Park and surrounding buildings such as the National Art Gallery and provide quicker access to the ByWard Market.
Number of Units
The original design featured 218 rooms. The refined design now has 147 rooms.
Number of Parking Spaces: 361
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