Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mid-Century Details: Fins & the Bump Out

While the title of this post might sound like a 1960s detective duo, fins and the bump out are two details that characterize many of the mid-century condo/apartment buildings in Ottawa. Here are a few of my favourite examples:

The Chateau Royale towers at Dynes and Prince of Wales, built by Assaly, have fins that accentuate the top floors.

The Varley Apartments in Beaverbook, Kanata, built by Teron, also has some great fins on the top floors. This building won a Canadian Housing Design Council award in 1969.

The Strathmore Towers by Campeau in South Keys may not have fins, but they do have bump outs on the top floors.

This image below is from the original sales brochure:

Here is a rental tower (in the Prince of Wales complex)on Prince of Wales that also has a protruding top floor bump out. 

Located in Copeland Park, this building built by A. B. Taylor sports the same top floor bump out common in Ottawa high-rises from the mid-century.

The Queen Elizabeth Towers in Centre Town by Tridel have alternating bump out balconies. These features give the buildings a sculptural quality - otherwise they would just be boring concrete behemoths. I wonder what ever happened to these scale models?

Frobisher place (originally called Riverside Place) on Riverside Drive also has bump outs in the lower floors - again adding interest to the facade.

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