Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Structural Designer

Fast + Epp

Client Name

Architecture ATB

Location

Wembley, Alberta, Canada

ARCHITECTS

Architecture ATB
Teeple Architects Inc.

TIMBER CONTRACTOR

StructureCraft Builders

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

PCL Construction Management Inc.

MECHANICAL CONSULTANT

Hemisphere Engineering Inc.

ELECTRICAL/CIVIL CONSULTANT

AECOM

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

Scatliff+Miller+Murray Inc

Images: © Fast + Epp, and PCL Construction

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This palaeontology museum rests on the ancient Pipestone Creek dinosaur bone bed in Northern Alberta. Its geometrically-complex roof is supported by expressed timber beams creating a visual reference to dinosaur bones.

Prefabricated modular timber panels are supported on angled glulam beams, tied together with intricate, custom-made connections constructed using laminated CNC-milled Douglas fir plywood.

 

Judge's comment:

The judges found this building’s use of timber to be imaginative and very appropriate to the theme of the museum. They were especially impressed with the method of connection that the structural engineers developed for the multi-element nodes in the roof. Computer generation and fabrication came together to create a simple, machine-made node that resolved the complexities and made it all look rather easy.