WAKEFIELD, QUE.—If architecture is indeed frozen music, as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once declared, the proposed addition to Ottawa’s landmark Château Laurier hotel is extremely discordant to many ears. Ross and Macdonald must be rolling in their graves. Toronto condominium architect Peter Clewes, commissioned by building owner Larco Investments, defended his design as bridging the cultural divide between past and future. Some feel that it more resembles a bridge abutment. Now known popularly as “The Radiator,” it does bring back the 1970s; it resembles the Manulife Tower at 220 Laurier Ave. West (completed in 1975). The Radiator would fit in next door. While Manulife Tower is not an unattractive structure; it is an office building, not a national treasure. The standards are different.
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