Set on a picturesque promontory overlooking the Ottawa River, Phase 1 of the Visitor Welcome Centre is the first new major addition on Parliament Hill in over 75 years and creates the new front door for all visitors to the Parliamentary Precinct.
Arrival at the Visitor Welcome Centre is marked by a new plaza on axis with Wellington Street and signified by a generous, sweeping arch, creating a harmonious transition between the heritage landscape and the vaulted interiors. Within the Visitor Welcome Centre, much needed expansions are provided for visitor services including screening, tour functions, washrooms, a boutique, and a direct connection to West Block.
Upon completion, the Visitor Welcome Centre will establish a secure entry to the buildings of Parliament Hill, and preserve the integrity and openness of the public green on Canada’s most important heritage site.
Moriyama & Teshima Architects (design consultant) in association with IBI Group (prime consultant)