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William P. McElligott

The Ottawa Convention Centre: Building a Modern Landmark

The city gets an unconventional addition to its downtown skyline with the new Ottawa Convention Centre
By Misa Kobayashi. Photography by William P. McElligott

Nighttime architectural rendering. Courtesy of BBB Architects.

Bold. Modern. Bright. These are just some of the words used to describe the new Ottawa Convention Centre, which opens April 13 after more than two years and a $185 million dollar rebuild.

In the fall of 2008, a demolition crew tore down what was then the 28-year-old Ottawa Congress Centre. An astounding structure has risen from the dust and debris, made with 1,084 triangular panes of glass and regionally manufactured or recycled materials. This is the vision of architect Ritchard Brisbin of Ottawa-based BBB Architects, a firm known for creating international retail, entertainment, and office complexes, among others. It’s a vision that is meant to guide the city into a new era with a structure that he says is “not simply moving into the 21st century, but helping to define it.” (more…)