• Haughton Avenue context

    Haughton Avenue context

  • Detail of one of the many connections in the triodetic exoskeleton

    Detail of one of the many connections in the triodetic exoskeleton

  • The very modest main entrance into the building

    The very modest main entrance into the building

  • Detail of the metal structure against the sky

    Detail of the metal structure against the sky

  • Highlighting the two principle architectural compositional approaches on the Haughton Avenue elevation

    Highlighting the two principle architectural compositional approaches on the Haughton Avenue elevation

  • Zamboni storage at the northeast of the building finished in contrasting burnt red brick

    Zamboni storage at the northeast of the building finished in contrasting burnt red brick

  • Detail of the structure and new seals at the metal panel intersections

    Detail of the structure and new seals at the metal panel intersections

  • Long elevation facing the green space behind the building

    Long elevation facing the green space behind the building

  • Haughton Street elevation

    Haughton Street elevation

Belltown Dome

2915 Haughton St, Ottawa , ON |
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Date(s): 1967

The Belltown Dome is a single-pad ice-skating rink for the community of Britannia.  In order to create a column-free space, the designers developed a triodetic exoskeleton to enclose this modest hockey rink.  The design was influenced by the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, specifically the geodesic domes that were popularized in the 1960s.   The machine aesthetic of the capsule-like enclosure creates a striking contrast with the natural park-like setting.  Within the National Capital, the Belltown Dome is an excellent example of the contribution of engineering to the modern movement.

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Located on the edge of a residential neighbourhood near the Ottawa River, the Belltown Dome is one of the smallest indoor ice rinks in the City of Ottawa.  Its size is a direct result of its context as concerned community members were interested in enhancing community facilities while looking to minimize traffic increases on the surrounding residential street.  Although the building is used for hockey, the rink inside is smaller than a regulation size 85′ x 200′ surface limiting its ability to host a greater range of uses.  As the building ages its initial conception as a more temporary structure that could be disassembled to allow for alternate summer uses has created challenges.  These include the seams as evident on the park side of the building where all of the seams are have been overcoated.

Overall, the building is a unique and noteworthy, if modest, modern building in the National Capital Region.  It is well scaled and completely responsive to the residentially-scaled surrounding context and is nestled into its bordering green space.  Hopefully, the building receives the necessary maintenance to allow it to survive well into the future.

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