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A modern program integrates the traditional and the contemporary to strengthen the foundations of governance in Canada.

Ottawa, Ontario

Progressive politics

The first major development on Parliament Hill in 70 years, the design is sympathetic to the historical significance of the old Supreme Court site and the Ottawa River escarpment below.

Statement of value

This winning entry proposed housing 12 state-of-the-art House of Commons committee rooms as well as 39 Senate offices and support facilities, the building would be a green, energy efficient architectural statement of Canadian values in the 21st Century.

Statement of interests

In these public spaces thousands of Canadians would be invited to present their views in person--and from towns and cities across the nation using the modern multimedia, broadcasting and teleconferencing systems built into each room.

Long term stability

Extensive sustainable design components include green roofs, earth warming and ground cooling, under floor air distribution, significant green space, a biofilter pond, and storm water management.

Project facts

Cost: $170 Million
Size: 35,155 sq. m.
Completed: 2003 design competition winning entry
Collaborators: Saucier + Perrotte
Client: Public Work Government Services Canada