Block 2 is a remarkable site of national importance within Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct. Our vision weaves together past, present and future creating a tapestry of forms and styles. The design celebrates a diverse nation and suggests a sustainable and inclusive future for Canadian democracy.
Our vision is based on a principle of responsible stewardship. Sustainability, Indigenous values and heritage conservation share much common ground. Stewardship of the land and of resources is a concept embedded in Indigenous culture. It is also a tenet of good governance and the basis of our design. We chose to retain each existing heritage building, avoiding the waste and carbon vandalism of demolition. Old structures are woven together with new net-zero structures to create a diverse, characterful, yet coherent whole.