Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Fast + Epp
Wembley, Alberta, Canada
Teeple Architects Inc.
PCL Construction Management Inc.
Hemisphere Engineering Inc.
Images: © Fast + Epp, and PCL Construction
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.
Clever timber space truss joints lie at the heart of this project that creates an arresting museum environment. The main structural materials provide all the benefits of low embodied energy, minimal carbon footprint, local availability and future demountability whereas the joints make the production of high performance arrangements possible.