Saturday, April 29, 2017

Architecture And A Place Of Healing

The Wabano Centre For Aboriginal Health can be found in Vanier. The organization was established in 1998, and provides medical, social, and youth services for the more than forty thousand Indigenous people in the Ottawa area. It incorporates cultures and traditions of the First Nations in its operations, and has been based since 2013 in this twenty five thousand square foot complex. The building was designed by Canadian First Nations architect Douglas Cardinal, who happens to live in the Ottawa area. The elegant, graceful curves of the glass and structure reflect his style and heritage. Mr. Cardinal's previous architectural masterpieces include the Canadian Museum Of History here and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.

27 comments:

  1. Love the swirling effect of the building design. It has a sense of peace.

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  2. Interesting modern building with lots of glass.

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  3. Great architecture, I like the round shapes everywhere.

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  4. @Gemma: it does.

    @Marianne: I'll have to come back for Doors Open and show the interior.

    @Marleen: me too.

    @Tom: true!

    @Francisco: thank you.

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  5. Thanks for these wonderful photos! This is an exciting and very attractive building. Love glass and loved the way it's curved around the structure. I'd like to see the interior at some point. ?

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  6. Wow, that is a gorgeous building. Thanks for showing us all it's curves!

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  7. How nice, William! I love the structure and that curved staircase!

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  8. A very beautiful and attractive buidling. I like all that glass.

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  9. Cardinal's first major work was the St. Mary's church in Red Deer

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  10. That building has so much positive energy!
    Janis
    GDP

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  11. A beautiful, graceful building for one so massive.

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  12. Interesting buildings but your photos make them sparkle.

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  13. I admire Mr. Cardinal's work. The National Museum of the American Indian is gorgeous. This building is equally stunning.

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  14. I like the adobe-feeling of the entrance.

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  15. The Wabano centre has very attractive curves William, beautifully shown here.

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  16. @Lowell: I have been inside, but didn't take shots. I expect I will come for Doors Open.

    @Sharon: thanks!

    @Linda: I do too

    @Bill: me too.

    @Kelly: it is!

    @Red: he's done quite a lot!

    @Janis: it does.

    @Mari: he is a great architect.

    @Jennifer: it is.

    @Eve: thanks!

    @Kay: I would love to see that museum.

    @Linda: me too.

    @Grace: it is a work of art.

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  17. A wonderful design, for sure.

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  18. can't better a small perfect stone church and the rounded entrance to First Nation centre is appealing like lovely adobe or mud brick creations and the gallery is very interesting and no copy cat style, nice in winter sun, hope it has double triple glazing and 'green' credentials, is probably ruled out by our blinding hot weather - mores the pity.

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  19. Amazing architecture! I love glass and this bright curved structure. Very pretty photos.

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  20. Love the design of this!

    All the best Jan

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  21. What a wonderful building !!! Love the architecture.

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