Award of Merit Winner
The Canadian Canoe Museum
Heneghan Peng Architects and Kearns Mancini Architects in collaboration
Taking the form of a serpentine glass pavilion with a gently sloped, two-acre rooftop garden, the Canadian Canoe Museum rises out of the ground alongside the Trent-Severn Waterway. Embedded into the drum-lin-lined landscape instead of dominating it, the museum provides spectacular views of the water and the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site, originally constructed in 1904.
The museum’s deference to its surroundings embodies the Aboriginal tenet of building lightly on the land. The structure nestles between its green roof and the earth to provide energy-efficient and environ-mentally controlled display spaces for canoes, kayaks and other artifacts dating back to the 1780s. A sinu-ous central skylight draws light deep into the interior along the access path. Flexible, internally partitioned floor plates enhance the museum’s ability to adapt to programmatic and technological changes over time.
Although the building’s lines are organic, it has been designed to be straightforward to construct. Two concrete slabs, one at grade and one forming the roof, are the main structural elements, and the undulat-ing elevation will be glazed with a 4:1 straight-to-faceted glass ratio; no curved glass is required. The green roof affords opportunities to establish a variety of native and pollinator-friendly plantings, while facilitating storm water management.
CLIENT The Canadian Canoe Museum / Richard Tucker (Project Director), Bill Morris (Museum Chairman)
ARCHITECT TEAM Roisin Heneghan, Shih-Fu Peng, Doreen Adler, Catherine Opdebeeck, Amy McKeogh, Jonathan Kearns, Dan McNeil
LANDSCAPE Foggy River Farm – Phillip Collins
AREA 80,000 ft²
BUDGET $35 M
STATUS Schematic Design, expected completion 2020