Here are the latest designs for the Château Laurier extension

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The latest proposed designs for the Château Laurier extension.

The architects working with Larco Investments on a proposed 147-suite extension to the Château Laurier have submitted their latest designs to the city for consideration.

According to a memo filed to the city last month, the latest design renderings released Thursday show new vertical bronze elements, additional glass panels and increased symmetry between the extension’s east and west pavilions.

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The latest designs for the Château addition, as seen from the Rideau Locks.
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The latest designs for the Château addition, as seen from Mackenzie Street.
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The latest designs for the Château addition, as seen from Parliament Hill.

Larco’s attempts to build a seven-storey addition at the rear of the Château have sparked public backlash since the first designs were proposed in 2016, with many complaining that the box-like addition was incongruent with the heritage building. City council approved Larco’s proposed addition to the Château last summer, with the caveat that further refinements to the design were needed to ensure the extension is compatible with the historic hotel’s existing structure.

The latest designs will pass through the built heritage sub-committee for comments on June 3 before heading to planning committee on June 13 for final approval.

Towers approved above Lyon Station

Planning committee was busy elsewhere on Thursday considering a proposal for two 27-storey apartment buildings above Lyon Station. The committee approved plans for the two towers at 383 Albert St. and 340 Queen St., which will contain a total of 588 residential units and sit atop a nine-storey commercial-use podium connected directly to the light-rail transit station.

The committee also OK’d the creation of a new land use zoning specifically for cannabis production facilities.

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A rendering of the towers and podium proposed for Albert and Queen streets, above Lyon Station.