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Larco submits revisions to Chateau Laurier addition

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Larco submits revisions to Chateau Laurier addition
LARCO INVESTMENTS — An illustration of the latest plans for an addition to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa depict a view from the Rideau Canal lock nearby.

OTTAWA — Larco Investments has unveiled revisions to its plans for a major addition to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa as directed by Ottawa City Council.

Larco, the property owner and project manager for the client Fairmont Chateau Laurier, was responding to directions issued by the council last June. In issuing a conditional heritage permit, the council called for more use of Indiana limestone and changes in design to break up the north facade and ensure the addition relates better esthetically to the existing hotel.

The addition maintains a height of seven storeys, with the top two storeys set back to mitigate the height of the structure as seen from Major’s Hill Park.

The refined design, unveiled Feb. 22, has 147 rooms, a reduction from the previous 218. The revisions were submitted to the city with staff support. Larco explained on its website the addition is now conceived as a complementary arrangement of three elements:

  • two asymmetrical pavilions that anchor the northeast and northwest corners of the site, connected by a transparent connector clad in “capless” or glass curtain wall and framed in bronze.
  • the new massing of the addition is intended to relate to the form of the Chateau itself: pavilions correspond to the east and west arms of the original structure, and the connector relates to the Grand Ballroom and French Corridor.
  • a double-height entryway at the point where the East Pavilion meets the connector further defines the north face of the addition.

As for the use of stone, the East and West Pavilions are now bound in vertical limestone piers, reflecting the stonework of the existing hotel.

Granite slabs feature extensively at ground level on the east, north and west faces of the addition, in reference to the base of the Chateau’s East Wing, the website noted.

On March 1 a presentation was made to the city’s Urban Design Review Panel, which had reviewed the earlier proposal, and the project will now go to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee, with a meeting scheduled for April 9, a planner for the proponent indicated.

The final step in the site plan approval process will occur at a Planning Committee meeting, with the proponent aiming for consideration in May.

The project also requires Federal Land Use approvals through the National Capital Commission which are being sought in parallel with the municipal process.

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