350 Sparks Street

Ottawa, Ontario
Client:
Morguard Canada
Size:
104,000 m2 | 1,120,000 ft2
Completion:
2015
Scope of Service:
Design Services

Located at the western gateway to the Sparks Street pedestrian mall, the site for this project is in a pivotal location where Ottawa’s downtown core transitions to an adjacent residential neighbourhood. The project proposal includes the retention of an existing 12-storey office building, and the addition of a 23-storey residential tower and 27-storey hotel. The heights of the new towers respect important view corridors to the Parliament Buildings as seen from Gatineau, across the Ottawa River.

A south-facing entry plaza functions as the main access point and drop-off for all three towers. This public open space at the corner of Sparks and Bay Streets enhances the streetscape, and creates a strong relationship between the buildings, the adjacent public realm, and the nearby Garden of the Provinces and Territories. Within the building, animated public functions at grade ensure a strong visual connection between the inside and outside.

The scale and architectural expression of the project’s stone-clad podium is inspired by the historic West Memorial Building located immediately to the north. Above the podium, the exterior skin of the towers is wrapped in a rich latticework of precast concrete and glass.