October 7, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The Ledcor/DIALOG + Lundholm team has been selected to design and build the new Royal Alberta Museum to be situated in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district.
In response to the announcement, architect and design lead Donna Clare stated that “We are delighted to have our team selected to work together with the province and with the museum to realize this important project. This design for the new Royal Alberta Museum speaks to the uniqueness of our museum, our city and our province. It is about the experience of the visitor and celebrates the stories and the artifacts of the people of Alberta.”
The Ledcor/DIALOG + Lundholm team is fully integrated across all disciplines including architecture, interior design, planning, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The three other competitors vying for the $260-million project were Richard Meier/IBI Group with Graham Construction, Maki/Moriyama & Teshima/Arndt Tkalcic Bengert with PCL, and Diamond & Schmitt/HIP Architects with Ellis Don. The design-build proponents worked through an intense 48-day period to prepare design and fixed-price construction proposals.
DIALOG’s principal in charge Doug McConnell noted that “our design focuses on the creation of an enduring legacy and a place of pride for generations of Albertans.” When asked about the design for the Museum, Donna explained that, “when we started this project we held a design charrette and we asked everyone to write down what Alberta means to him or her. What really struck us is that the responses were mostly about the powerful connection everyone felt to the land – it was about the sky, open space, parks and wilderness, and fishing and our communities. We wanted to incorporate this sense of connection into the design.”
The Royal Alberta Museum will have double the space of the existing museum with greatly expanded galleries and enough space to house their extensive collection of human and natural history artifacts in one facility. State-of-the art technology and multipurpose space such as outdoor courtyards, a café, theatre, and large-scale video projection will enhance the museum’s public offerings encouraging thousands more visitors each year.
Renowned Alberta landscape architect Doug Carlyle, of Carlye + Associates, is also part of the design team commissioned to provide landscape design for the extensive site work on the project.
DIALOG has a track record of award-winning collaborative design excellence. Founded by the merged firms of Cohos Evamy, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden, Mole White Associates, and Office for Urbanism, DIALOG is committed to the practice of sustainable design with a focus on the success of clients and communities. Working from studios in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, DIALOG credits its strength to its outstanding multidisciplinary team who deliver excellence and a collaborative approach to the provision of architectural, engineering, interior design, planning and urban design services.
For more information, please visit www.designdialog.ca.
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