The contrast between old and modern architecture can have beautiful and unexpected results. That is the case of the Canadian Museum of Nature, a 1912 Beaux Arts-style building that was recently renovated by KPMB Architects. Located in Ottawa, the building is Canada's oldest national museum, but with the renovation, it has shaken off its dusty image with a new glass tower, known as the Lantern, that fills the space with plenty of natural light.
Located in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a vast collection that includes 10 million specimens gathered over 150 years. Its recent revitalisation project was carefully practiced, protecting the original heritage building while generating a dialogue between past and present. In 1915, the upper part of the Beaux-Arts building’s tower was removed — as its weight was causing the building to sink. During the renovation, which was completed in 2010, the tower was replaced with a new glass enclosure that restores its original proportions.
Filled with natural light, the museum’s interiors boast permanent contrasts between the old museum and new technology. Because of this brilliant addition, gallery spaces and circulation has been reconfigured, making the most out of these new naturally lighted spaces. KPMB Architects’ splendid museum renovation not only respects the building’s heritage, it is also a fantastic new home for those 10 million creatures.
Via AAS Architecture
Photos by KPMB Architects