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People Are Dragging The Shit Out Of These Chateau Laurier Renovations

"Let's just stack shipping containers and attach it to the side of a castle."

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The Château Laurier has been an iconic part of Ottawa's skyline for more than a century. It basically looks like a castle perched over the Rideau.

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Which is probably why locals are so very salty about a proposed expansion that, shall we say, is a more modern look. Like a spaceship.

Ever think "I really wish that nice looking castle in my city had more of a spaceship aesthetic?" #ChateauLaurier

Or stack of shipping containers.

#ChateauLaurier design meeting: "Let's just stack shipping containers and attach it to the side of a castle."

People are having a very hard time understanding the design choice.

Seeing the proposed design for the Chateau Laurier expansion for the first time. #DontDoIt

"Ugly" seems to be a common descriptor.

Really ugly and cheap, what happened to classy architecture, sad. City should never approve this crap #ChateauLaurier

And the word "no" is being said a lot.

@FairmontHotels No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, oh hell no! #ChateauLaurier

Also "non." This is Ottawa, after all.

A resounding hell "non!" to the redesign. #ChateauLaurier

Even Ottawa's mayor, Jim Watson, doesn't seem to be on board.

@jchianello this falls under the category "back to the drawing board!

According to Larco Investments Ltd., which owns the hotel, the expansion will add long-term stay suites to the property.

The firm also says the expansion fits in with the building's current look:

The addition will offer a modern interpretation of the heritage character of the Château with a vocabulary of Indiana Limestone, glass and copper. The separated wings, massing and set back upper floors are compatible with the Château’s existing roofscape silhouette, providing a dignified and deferential response to this iconic building.

But good luck finding someone on Twitter who agrees.

Ottawa's #ChateauLaurier restoration if the hotel were a painting. #OttCity

But don't forget the real victim here — the feelings of the architect after checking Twitter.

Live shot of the #ChateauLaurier architect:

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