December 4, 2002
by Canadian Architect
Norr Limited Architects and Engineers will work with local firm Sahinbas Fikirlier Architects of Ankara, Turkey, to design the new Canadian Chancery. To be located on one of the city’s steep hills with a grade difference of 9 metres from front to back, it will be situated near the Libyan Embassy that towers above one side of the site. The rocky site is to be excavated and the building set into the remaining rock outcropping. Multiple entrances for consular and immigration functions have been accommodated at different floors of the building to fit changing slope conditions. The main entry will be located at the corner of Chinnah and Ahenk Streets, opening the site by extending the landscape beyond the boundary wall to the public space at the corner. The landscaping leads visitors to appropriate entrances in a secured environment within the boundary wall, which is viewed by gate-houses. The building will consist of an administrative tower and a low-rise, more public pavilion with a linking multi-storey space featuring a grand stair. The copper-clad low-rise pavilion is located close to the main street and appears to be embedded into a landscape reminiscent of the Canadian Shield.