224 Lyon Street North, Ottawa
Developer: Lamb Development Corp
GFA: 151,437 sq.ft.
Completion Date: 2015
Ottawa’s newest residential landmark, the 17-storey Gotham brings together elements of large expanses of glass, metal panels, and bold charcoal brick. The multi-layered façade steps back from Gloucester Street and a narrow glass element connect to Lyon Street.
Gotham is divided into a seven-storey podium and a 14 storey tower. The ground floor is mainly for retail use and access to the building. The exterior face of the retail area is designed with more transparent materials in order to merge with the streetscape and invite more activity along the sidewalk.
Four volumes that “dance”
The building is made of four volumes that “dance” their way up. The two solid blocks and two glazed sections break up the mass of the building as they interchange positions vertically.
The simple expression of this volume allows its incorporation into the existing streetscape while linking the pedestrian realm to the tower component above. The staggered balconies add more rhythm to the simple face of the building.