Friday, July 25, 2014

The Museum Waterworks

The graceful curves of the Museum of History over in Gatineau appeals to me, and these shots date from May. Here we're moving around the curatorial wing towards the main entrance. 


The main entrance seems to be glaring in disapproval.


Between the curatorial wing and the exhibit building, the promenade has this fountain and waterworks. Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River lurk in the background. This location, with the fountain in operation, is one of my favourite vantage points in both cities to take shots of Parliament Hill and the Chateau.


Down the stairs, this gives a view of the terraces as the water flows down to the lower pool.


It spills over the edges and runs down a ramp, easily viewed from inside the Grand Hall.


And getting behind the water here is another favourite view of Parliament Hill, obscured by the waterfall.






38 comments:

  1. I have always liked Gatineau. You get a lovely view from here!

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  2. looks really nice and interesting !
    have a nice week end

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  3. What great curves. Very organic looking.

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  4. It looks like a big huge museum. It must contain lots of history (just kidding).

    Tomás.

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  5. That is so graceful - and I love theview back to parliament hill. Wouldn't mind seeing that up close and personal!

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  6. Wonderful curves. Such a super building. I really like seeing parliament hill in the background.

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  7. I do love the shape of this building!

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  8. oh i love the waterfall ... so pretty. what cool lines. someone is so creative!! ( :

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  9. Great architecture, I like the wonderful curves in that building.

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  10. Beautiful architecture, very elegant.

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  11. Ottawa certainly has some beautiful architecture!

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  12. @Halcyon: you really do.

    @Massimo: thank you!

    @Stuart: the architect, Douglas Cardinal, designed it with that in mind.

    @Tomas: it is big!

    @Mike: the use of lines in this museum always draws me in.

    @Lauren: so did I!

    @Karl: Cardinal did great work designing it.

    @EG: thanks! I love it too.

    @Beth: it's a great addition.

    @Jan: I'm sure Mr. Cardinal would be pleased.

    @Marleen: it certainly is elegant.

    @Norma: thank you!

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  13. I like this building very much! It's modern, but charming, and has almost a "Romanesque" feeling and the water merges it with Mother Nature! Beautiful!

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  14. the curves and shapes almost form faces. :) or maybe i need more coffee... love the refreshing fountain.

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  15. wonderful flowing architecture! have a great weekend!!

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  16. Love water features in architecture. These are great.

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  17. Another fabulous Ottawa spot.
    Have you been to Fortissimo? My daughter & I went to Darcy McGee's for dinner and the the NAC show. On the hill they had bands and such. Around 7 p.m. Great photo ops!

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  18. Oh my goodness, this building is simply gorgeous! I'd have a great time wandering around here taking photos.

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  19. This is the kind of modern architecture I like! I'd love to see this place in person!

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  20. @Lowell: Cardinal worked wonders in the design for the building.

    @Tex: I can see the faces too, so it's not just you!

    @Tanya: thank you!

    @Luis: I really like the way these were designed.

    @Jennifer: I'm hoping to get up to the Hill for it, but I'm not sure if it's possible this year. I've attended it a number of times in the past, and it's a lot of fun.

    @Sharon: I enjoy it every time I step inside.

    @Cheryl: it's a building that's always here!

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  21. Excellent architecture, beautifully photographed!

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  22. Wow! What an amazing structure!

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  23. So refreshing! Love the falling water!

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  24. What a talent Douglas Cardinal is!

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  25. This looks beautiful from every angle and you've done a nice job of catching them!

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  26. @VP: thank you!

    @Judy: it is.

    @Linda: it's such a treat seeing it in action.

    @RedPat: he's an artist as architects go.

    @Kay: thank you!

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  27. The curves and water lighten the heaviness of the structure. It is like something out of the future, or come to think of it, the round architecture of Thalia.

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  28. Love the sinuous facade and the waterfall.

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  29. Late again... I am not sure I see the disapproval but I rather enjoy the the curves and lines of the building and square. I love the fountain, living in the desert water is a treasure.

    cheers, parsnip

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  30. Absolutely fantastic building.
    Very nice and interesting to you it showed.

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  31. That amazing building has some strange and wonderful lines. Very nice photos William!

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  32. Cool waterfalls, interesting architecture, here, William. The sound must be fabulous. I can just about hear it!

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  33. The sweeping curves feel like they invite one to follow and then enter the museum. Lovely spot!

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  34. You have so much to photograph. Interesting architecture, modern but tasteful

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