Victoria Memorial Museum Building Rehabilitation

Commendation for

Structural Heritage - 2012

Client Name

Canadian Museum of Nature

Images: © Eric Fruhauf/PKG Architects

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Victoria Memorial Museum Building is a Canadian Classified heritage building which was completed in 1910. It suffered almost immediately from settlement, which had reached half a metre, and this was continuing. A thorough analysis concluded that demolition was not necessary, and that careful alterations could save it.

New lightweight floors were put in to tie the walls together, a steel skeleton was introduced inside the external walls to cope with seismic forces, and the floors reinforced to act as stiff plates. Finally a striking glass lantern was built over the foundations of the original tower, which was removed following settlement in 1915.

Judge's comment:

"This is an excellent example of careful and imaginative alterations that have helped to prolong the life of a fine and important building. The introduction of contemporary structure in a sensitive way maintains the quality of the original building without deceit or pastiche."