I do like the new mountain built over the National Gallery. It’s so very Disney: what you see is not what you get.
This view is from Bayview Station. Throughout the Public Advisory Committee consultations on the new LRT station to be built there, I encouraged the designers to use the building to “frame” a view of the downtown so that transit users could have a WOW moment every day. Such framing wouldn’t cost (much) extra, it’s just a matter of designing it in.
This didn’t generate much excitement during the PAC process, but at a recent meeting with the OLRT cheeses I mentioned it again, and it seemed to get a more receptive response.
Bayview Station might not have mountain views for ever, but the downtown glass towers of beavering civil servants makes a very Ottawa perspective.