Gallery: Claude Cormier + Associés Transform the Canadian Museum of Civ...

 
The plaza in front of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Québec, Canada now celebrates the swaying grasses of the Canadian prairie. The museum was originally completed in 1989 and the plaza was meant to visually incorporate the museum buildings and the parliament buildings perched across the Ottawa River, but it was often vacant and unused. To rectify that, Claude Cormier + Associés inc. in collaboration with Aedifica designed and installed a new topography that recreates the nearby prairie, which is not only more beautiful, but also creates a micro-climate, increases biodiversity, lessens heat island effect, and improves air quality.

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