Canada's 'New' House of Commons

by Abigail Gossage October. 26, 2019 1373 views

In December 2018 the Centre Block of the Houses of Parliament closed for the next ten to fifteen years of gutting and refurbishing. In the meantime Parliament continues on in the West Block. They have done an amazingly beautiful job of creating a temporary House of Commons by taking a central courtyard and dropping the House into it, complete to a glass ceiling. The entire structure is designed to be taken out in fifteen years, restoring the Courtyard to its heritage status. Come for a walk with me...

View of the West Block from the entrance to the new Visitors Centre situated between the Centre Block and the West Block. All the buildings on the Hill will be connected by tunnels and indeed we started our tour by walking from the Centre to the West Block underground.

The new Visitors Centre is very grand.

The stairwell looks a bit like an Escher.

On the left the wall of the new House, on the right the interior/exterior wall of the Courtyard.

The Chamber itself

There is a lot more public seating than there was in the old House.

Wall detail

Join of the glass roof to the West Block

The tunnel

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Helen Hooker 1 year, 9 months ago

What an amazing building, and you've really done it justice with these photos. They really need to do something similar with the UK parliament buildings. They're a fire hazard and falling apart but no one seems willing to make the decision to move the Members of Parliament somewhere else while they sort the Houses of Parliament.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Helen Hooker 1 year, 9 months ago

Well our Senate (the Upper Chamber) got moved to the old train station/conference Centre.  And the Parliamentary Library got dispersed  to three different locations around town.  Proof it can be done.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Heike 1 year, 9 months ago

Impressing!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Heike 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

Stunning building :)

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

That was my reaction also.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

Agreed, for once they got it right.  Mind you on the taxpayers’ dollar!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 9 months ago

#3 love the creatively angled POV

Wonderful series! All to faves......

Looks like the govt. really has good taste, when it comes to spending our money!smile

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 9 months ago

A bit of a surprise that they would do such a good job!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 9 months ago

When it's not their $$$ and it's a project that's primarily for their comfort & enjoyment, I'm sure they paid very close attention, to even the finest details....no???smile

ps. thanks for "liking" my latest image!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 9 months ago

🤪

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 9 months ago

grinning

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow what a building. And you did it justice.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks, Peter

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Benny Law 1 year, 9 months ago

Great indoor photography, Abigail. I'm a Canadian, but I've never been to Parliament Hill. This is a good intro.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 9 months ago

If you get to Ottawa book yourself on the tour.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Kimfredred 1 year, 9 months ago

Really nice to see this! I doubt that I will ever go there. It’s quite fabulous.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Kimfredred 1 year, 9 months ago

We can go next summer.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Kimfredred Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 year, 9 months ago

YES!x

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Don Baird 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow! Great photos.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Don Baird 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you very much.

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