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.
Join of the glass roof to the West Block