Today I'm starting my series on Doors Open, the weekend event that took place here on the fourth and fifth of June. This event has been going on in Ottawa for fifteen years, and presented over 130 sites for the public to come and visit, making it the second largest annual architectural event in North America. I won't be going in chronological order with these posts, so for some posts you'll see a mix of sun and clouds, which we had on the Saturday, or rainy conditions that we had on the Sunday.
The Malaysian High Commission is in Lowertown, close to a number of other embassies. A High Commission, for those who don't know, is the same thing as an embassy, but is the term used in countries that are both part of the Commonwealth. The building dates back to the 1960s, hence its unusual architecture (I was reminded of a mushroom), and was used as offices for L'Association Canadienne-Francais de L'Ontario at first. The Malaysian government purchased it in the 1970s. This is the first time I've ever been on the property, though I pass by on occasion. The place was busy- they had a Malaysian food festival going on as well- and staff were on hand to take questions. There were also displays of traditional Malaysian attire inside.
The last two shots are not from Doors Open, but from yesterday, though both buildings participated in the event this year (I never seem to make it to the registration list in time for the embassy). I thought they fit well here, given that the reason for coming down was also diplomatic, if more sombre. I went down to the U.S. Embassy yesterday to sign one of the books of condolences for the victims of the Orlando shootings. I liked the way the embassy and the Connaught Building contrasted, and that the embassy was flying the American and Pride flags at half staff, as well as hanging a Pride flag off the glass. The embassy staff had things running smoothly as people came in to sign the books, and while I was in there, there were at least two ambassadors from other countries- and probably as many as six- in the line.