By David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — Refined plans for a renovated Lansdowne Park have a Modernist bent, with lots of glass and right angles, and a major renovation to the existing Horticulture Building.
Tuesday morning, the city showed off the "completed work" of four architects and designers who've been working on the various elements of the quarter-billion-dollar renovation project. They're tried to turn a plan with disparate elements (a fixed-up Frank Clair Stadium, a new urban park, a moved and reopened Horticulture Building, and new commercial and residential space) into one cohesive project, said the chair of council's planning committee Peter Hume, and they're proud of what they've achieved.
From 30,000 feet, the plans are little changed from what council approved last summer — roughly the same buildings and park elements are proposed for the same places. Frank Clair Stadium still gets a major facelift, including new south-side stands with a sweeping wooden "veil" facing the Rideau Canal. But in the details, much has evolved.