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Building Reflections

Ottawa’s city cen­ter is basi­cally divided into the busi­ness dis­trict and the touris­tic dis­trict. And one thing I absolutely love in the for­mer is the huge build­ings with mirror-like facades.

These build­ings reflect any­thing: the sky, the clouds, other build­ings, passersby… Walk­ing around this part of the city, around fed­eral gov­ern­ment min­istries, feels like walk­ing in a ghost town or a twisted mirror-maze. It’s impos­si­ble to see any­thing inside yet we are feel­ing watched! Look­ing at my own pic­tures, I can barely tell which build­ing was a reflec­tion and which build­ing was actu­ally in front of me.

Appar­ently, these build­ings use the heat-mirror tech­nol­ogy: a glaz­ing sys­tem that pro­vides high light trans­mis­sion, low solar heat gain and low heat loss. Makes sense con­sid­er­ing Ottawa is the cold­est cap­i­tal in the world…


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14 comments

  1. @Tulsa Gen­tle­man — You have a nice pic­ture too! I love these mir­ror maze… that’s some­thing I can’t find in Europe !

    @shionge — I’d be scared too! It hap­pened to my mum a few years ago, for­tu­nately she wasn’t hurt.

    @Adam — I had never thought of that! Poor birds… no won­der there are none downtown!

    @Scarlet — Ottawa is very clean, espe­cially for a big city!

    @Seraphine — Yes, exactly! Although on bad hair day, I avoid look­ing into these buildings.

    @kyh — I have always been told Ottawa was the coldest!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting — You know what, I had been told that so many times, I actu­ally believed it. But you are a right, appar­ently Ottawa only ranks 7th because we do have hot sum­mer. Damn! No brag­ging rights! :lol:

    @beaverboosh — Not that cold appar­ently :lol:

    @Seraphine — Inter­est­ing! Never seen a bird being con­fused by a window.

    @Adem — Thank you!

  2. Those are some amaz­ing reflec­tions Zhu ! I didn’t know Ottawa could be so beau­ti­ful.
    One more thing.…… they really clean the exte­ri­ors of build­ings. :P

    I am late here because I was trav­el­ing. :)
    .-= Cuckoo´s last blog ..Palan­quins at Ele­hanta Caves =-.

  3. Awe­some! Ottawa is on my ‘to visit’ list :)

    makes me want to take some pics of the Phoenix down­town, has some cool build­ings from the 20s to the 50s that are quite fun.
    .-= Seb´s last blog ..Ben­e­fits of Smok­ing. =-.

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