After 45 years as the tallest building in Ottawa, Place de Ville C is about to be surpassed by a striking new condominium tower. Work on the 148-metre Claridge Icon has created a massive excavated pit that dips several storeys below the intersection of Carling and Preston. The 45-storey tower by Claridge Homes will boast views of the man-made Dow's Lake and the lively Little Italy neighbourhood. 

Claridge Icon, image via Hariri Pontarini Architects

The 320-suite development contains 22 unique floor plans ranging from one- to four-bedroom units and a sprawling 6,000-square-foot penthouse option. An indoor pool and yoga studio, as well as screening, games, and party rooms present 24/7 relaxation and entertainment opportunities. This array of amenities will await residents when the project reaches completion in 2019. 

Claridge Icon, image via Hariri Pontarini Architects

Adorned with wood, granite, travertine, aluminum, and copper, interior finishes reflect the natural assets of the region. The expansive lobby space adjacent to ground-level retail is graced with an undulating metal art installation. Claridge office space will also be provided at the base of the building, which is covered with translucent glass that allows passersby a glimpse inside the sleek interior spaces. 

Claridge Icon, image via Hariri Pontarini Architects

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects, one of the country's preeminent design firms, has imagined an organic tower with a playful arrangement of semicircular balconies that echo the waves of Dow's Lake. These sculptural elevations contrast with a smoother, less balcony-heavy design on the opposite faces. Claridge Icon's sinuous shape will make an immediate impression once it rises from one of Ottawa's deepest pits, where the underground parking levels are assuming their form. 

Claridge Icon site from above, image by Flickr user Chuck Clark via Creative Commons

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