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.
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.