Victoria Memorial Museum Building Rehabilitation
Structural Heritage - 2012
Canadian Museum of Nature
Images: © Eric Fruhauf/PKG Architects
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.
"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."