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Icon by Hariri Pontarini Architects


A new era in Ottawa’s skyline is about to commence with Icon, designed by Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini Architects. The mixed-use structure will be the capital’s tallest tower transforming the cityscape and driving sustainable growth in the city’s future development. The plan, which is part of the area’s revitalization, will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the community, The 45-storey tower is comprised of parking, retail, commercial and residential units.


The curved detail of the balconies reflect the surrounding landscape and nearby lake. The rectilinear podium provides a contrasting element while creating a solid base on which the upper levels transition towards.The vertically stacked, yet irregular facade provides a rhythmic and syncopated pattern that starts from the ground level reaching the top penthouse.


The design of the ground level responds to the different streetscapes which it faces.  The lake-facing facade pulls back at the seventh floor to help define the lower podium. While on the commercial area, the structure retreats on the fifth floor to provide a smooth transition to the adjacent business.


Project information:

505 Preston Street, Ottawa, Ontario

21 000 sqm

Claridge Homes

Hariri Pontarini Architects Team:
David Pontarini
Ken Lee
Steven Avis
Alan Wong

Consultant Team:

Goodeve Manhire, Structural Engineer
Smith + Anderson, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
James B Lennox & Associates, Landscape Architect
IBI Group, Site Service
FoTenn, Planning & Urban Design

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