Here is an interesting interview in this week’s edition of Maclean’s magazine.
Peter Clewes, the principal architect behind the proposed expansion for the Château Laurier, discusses the hotel’s historic design and explains the context of his design.
Considering how much we lambasted him, it’s worth a read!
“I think the best way to describe it is: it’s a privilege. Architects, I think we understand the privilege and how charged the site is, and we’re deliberately trying not to be arrogant in our design approach. Now, some may disagree, but we’re not trying to create a building that stands out on its own as ‘Look at me! I’m something to be reflected upon.’ It’s more deferential. This building is a cultural marker of the city at a time in its history when it was developing itself as the nation’s capital, around the completion of the national railway. It really speaks to the hopes and dreams not only of Ottawa, but of the country at that time.”