The existing building at 7 Clarence Street in the Byward Market was closed and demolished due to significant structural issues. The design for the 1800 sq.ft replacement building was developed In close collaboration with the National Capital Commission and the public. The design draws from two influences - a cautious response to the massing and proportion of the older street-side buildings, and an appropriately bold addition to the well-loved courtyard system. The ground floor walls will have areas of cut ashlar stone salvaged from the former building. Limited quantities are available so this will be supplemented with similar stones. Other cladding materials include smooth stone panels and back-painted patterned glass. Construction was completed in 2017.
This building is designed to be fully accessible with a grade level entrance, elevator and accessible washrooms.
The NCC's extensive Environmental Strategy: "Building a Greener Capital" informed decisions made during the design and construction of this new building.