Building Reflections

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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. Beautiful reflections. Great pictures. But mirrored buildings are really bad for birds, unfortunately. So are wind turbines in Wind farms. 🙁

  2. Ah, the mirrored buildings. When I was in Copenhagen, I saw plenty of those as well, and their Royal Library was swanky reflective too.

    By the way, I am pretty sure when you said that Ottawa is the coldest capital, that is a figure of speech. But if you care for some trivia, Ulan Bator in Mongolia is the coldest capital in the world, given its position in the globe, and its altitude. At least that’s what Wikipedia tells me.

  3. Yes, I’ve always found it a cold city! No visit this year, but promise to catch up next time I’m in town!

  4. adam makes a good point about mirrors being bad for birds. we have a feeder by our house, and birds bump into the window all the time- even though it isn’t even a mirror.

  5. @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! 😆

    @beaverboosh – Not that cold apparently 😆

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

    @Adem – Thank you!

  6. 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. 😛

    I am late here because I was traveling. 🙂
    .-= CuckooÂŽs last blog ..Palanquins at Elehanta Caves =-.

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