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Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario (1987-1988)

Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario (1987-1988)

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People

  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

Title

Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario (1987-1988)

Dates of creation

1987-1988

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 424 drawings (including reprographic copies)
  • 5 paintings
  • 2 photographs
  • 1 model

Scope and Content

This project series documents a competition entry for the design of Ottawa City Hall in Ottawa, Ontario from 1987-1988. The office identified the project number as 8711.

This competition for Ottawa's new city hall called for a contemporary building that would integrate the old city hall, originally built in the 1950s and located on Green Island in the Rideau Canal. Set between Sussex Drive and Union Street, this project consisted of 1 building with 6 distinct parts: the old office building, the new office building, the City Room, the Council Chamber, the podium, and the daycare centre. The old office building was the original modernist-style city hall that would now serve as office spaces for civic workers. It would be renovated to create better circulation with the new extension. The new office building, serving a similar function, would sit behind the old one to create an L-shape on half of the perimeter. It had a large civic tower on one end that would serve as an observation deck. The City Room, a three-storey element in the centre of the structure, had a distinctive roof made up of more than a dozen small pyramids. Whitton Hall would be used as a ceremonial space, the building's lobby, a major central assembly hall, and meeting rooms. The council chambers were located in a self-contained rotunda, which also had press offices on the ground floor. The daycare centre consisted of a rectangular pavilion, set on a diagonal axis from the rest of City Hall. All of these elements sat on a raised podium that had landscaped terraces and gardens around the building's exterior. The terrace offered stunning views of the Ottawa cityscape across the canal. The podium contained one level of parking, with two additional levels below ground. This project was conceptualized to have two distinct fronts, one with its formal address on Sussex Drive that had a ceremonial entrance called the Plaza of Nations, and one off Union Street beneath the podium and underneath the Peace Bell. KPMB's entry proposed a building that would integrate with the existing system of green parks and walkways already present on the island. However, this was not the winning design for the competition and the project was eventually realized by architect Moshe Safdie.

This project is recorded through drawings, photographs, a model and watercolour paintings dating from 1987-1988. The drawings are mostly originals and include sketches, surveys and site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, perspectives and axonometrics of the design. There are also a number of presentation panels that show the final competition submission with short texts about the design intention and construction phasing. The watercolours present the building's exterior and photographs show different views of the project model.

Reference Number

AP056.S1.1987.PR02

Arrangement

Materials in this project series have been compiled from multiple accessions and some have been arranged by material type.

Location

Ottawa Ontario Canada

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.001
    • Title: Floor plans, elevations and site survey, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 9 drawings
    • 2 reprographic copies with annotations

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 61 x 46 cm Sheet (largest):107 x 76 cm

    Physical Description:

    Note that this file includes drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper. All drawings on Clearprint™ paper should remain isolated from other types of paper and from the folder itself with a Mylar™ barrier.

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-014-03

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.002
    • Title: Sketches including floor plans, elevations and perspectives, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 59 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 31 x 24 cm Sheet (largest):142 x 31 cm

    Physical Description:

    Note that this file includes drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper. All drawings on Clearprint™ paper should remain isolated from other types of paper and from the folder itself with a Mylar™ barrier.

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-014-04

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.003
    • Title: Sketches including elevations and perspectives, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 84 drawings
    • 1 reprographic copy with coloured pencil

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 31 x 24 cm Sheet (largest): 51 x 46 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-013-06

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.004
    • Title: Sketches including floor plans, elevations and perspectives, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987-1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 80 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 37 x 30 cm Sheet (largest): 152 x 68 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-014-05

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.005
    • Title: Sketches, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
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    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 9 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 25 x 24 cm Sheet (largest): 81 x 31 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-013-07

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.006
    • Title: Plans, sections, elevations and perspectives, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 61 x 46 cm Sheet (largest): 121 x 84 cm

    Physical Description:

    Note that this file includes drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper. All drawings on Clearprint™ paper should remain isolated from other types of paper and from the folder itself with a Mylar™ barrier.

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-014-06

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.007
    • Title: Elevations and floor plans, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 reprographic copies with annotations

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 107 x 76 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-014-07

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.008
    • Title: Plans, elevations, sections and perspectives, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 27 drawings
    • 10 reprographic copies with annotations

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 28 x 22 cm Sheet (largest): 61 x 46 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-015-02

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.009
    • Title: Elevations, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings
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    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 reprographic copies
    • 1 drawing

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 28 x 22 cm Sheet (largest): 61 x 46 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-016-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.010
    • Title: Site and floor plans, elevations, perspectives, isometrics and sections, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 19 drawings
    • 1 reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 87 x 41 cm Sheet (largest): 112 x 87 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-016-02

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.011
    • Title: Site and floor plans, elevations, perspectives, isometrics and sections, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 27 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 28 x 22 cm Sheet (largest): 61 x 59 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-013-08

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.012
    • Title: Presentation watercolours of east and west elevations, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: works of art
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 paintings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 102 x 81 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-017-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.013
    • Title: Presentation panels of ground floor plans, typical floor plans and parking level plans, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 mounted reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 102 x 81 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-018-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.014
    • Title: Presentation panel of section and perspectives and presentation watercolour of Sussex Drive elevation, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings, works of art
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 mounted reprographic copy
    • 1 painting

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 102 x 81 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-019-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.015
    • Title: Presentation watercolours of Union Street elevation and view from southwest, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: works of art
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 paintings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 102 x 81 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-020-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.016
    • Title: Presentation panels of site plan, section and perspectives, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 mounted drawing
    • 1 mounted reprographic copy

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 102 x 81 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-021-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.017
    • Title: Presentation panels of floor plans with material samples, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 mounted reprographic copies, 1 with material samples

    Dimensions:

    Sheet: 102 x 81 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-022-01

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.018
    • Title: Drawings for model, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1988
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 25 drawings
    • 1 reprographic copies with annotations

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 46 x 31 cm Sheet (largest): 90 x 61 cm

    Physical Description:

    Note that this file includes drawings on Clearprint™ translucent paper. All drawings on Clearprint™ paper should remain isolated from other types of paper and from the folder itself with a Mylar™ barrier.

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-016-03

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.019
    • Title: Perspective and elevation photos of model, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)
    • Steven Evans (photographer)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 photographs

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-008-09

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.020
    • Title: Project model, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1988
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 model in wood and painted plexiglass

    Dimensions:

    Crate: 110 x 90 x 60 cm Case: 103 x 83 x 57 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

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    • Reference Number: AP056.S1.1987.PR02.021
    • Title: Sketch plans, elevations, perspectives and isometrics, Ottawa City Hall Competition, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1987
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 33 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 28 x 22 cm Sheet (largest): 41 x 39 cm

    Credit line:

    Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects/
    Gift of Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

    Folder Number:

    056-045-02

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