• Looking east on Rideau Street with 450 Rideau in context

    Looking east on Rideau Street with 450 Rideau in context

  • Southeast corner of Rideau and Chapel Streets

    Southeast corner of Rideau and Chapel Streets

  • Looking southwest along Rideau Street with a parking lot to the east of the building

    Looking southwest along Rideau Street with a parking lot to the east of the building

  • Detail of the Rideau Street elevation

    Detail of the Rideau Street elevation

  • Rideau Street sidewalk context

    Rideau Street sidewalk context

  • Concrete panel detail

    Concrete panel detail

  • Northwest corner of the building with arc-profile recessed window

    Northwest corner of the building with arc-profile recessed window

  • Rear of the building along Chapel Street

    Rear of the building along Chapel Street

  • Building rear detail

    Building rear detail

Place de la Francophonie

450 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON |
Type:
Date(s): 1977

450 Rideau Street is located at the southeast corner of Rideau and Chapel Streets.  It is clad in a mixture of cast-in-place ribbed concrete and brown tinted glass.  At four storeys in height, the building has a vertical emphasis with the windows of the middle two stories projecting beyond the main exterior wall plain and the upper storey stepping back from it.  Generally, the building is a unremarkable background building and is home to a range of businesses.

The building does not interact with the sidewalk, even though it is located on a main commercial street.  All of the ground floor units contain office space with no direct entries from the street.  In fact, a number of the ground floor windows are set back from the main plane of the front elevation with the set back being filled with a 900mm high concrete planter boxes eliminating the possibility of adding direct access.  The building’s scale and articulation fits well with the surrounding context.

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