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Alberta Unbound

A provincial museum’s new digs in downtown Edmonton house the stories and artifacts of Alberta.

Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton Arts District

The Royal Alberta Museum will be a focal point in the Edmonton Arts District and a destination for all Albertans. By capturing and expressing Alberta’s history, landscapes, and promising potential, the Museum’s new signature building will engage the public and change our perception of the Museum.

Design concept

The design concept begins from a deep understanding of the Royal Alberta Museum, the Province and the site. It embraces the new vision for Downtown Edmonton and the Capital City Downtown Plan – creating a museum that is sustainable, contributes to a vibrant downtown, is well designed and fully accessible. It will be a place to explore and connect – to Alberta, to ideas, to people.

The city, the building, and nature

The design has an engaging sense of place and responds to the unique aspect of this city, and the Province. It is a continuous narrative, a dialogue between inside and out, between the city, the building and nature. There is a dynamic weaving of interior and exterior spaces. Nature is brought into the building through the gardens and roof terraces, and the building extends out into the landscape. It looks upward to the sky and out to the city beyond. It has an authentic Alberta sense of place that speaks to the aspirations of the Museum.

Stories, artifact, objects

The architecture gives primacy to the stories, the artifacts and the objects of the Museum. The collections and how they are preserved and installed is most important. The building is designed to enhance the experience. We understand that the completion of the building is not the end of the process but a beginning.

Project scope

Project Scope includes 8,000 net square meters of natural history and human history long-term exhibition galleries, children’s gallery and bug room, 4,300 net square meters of curatorial, research and collection spaces, a 1,000 square meter feature gallery and associated support space totalling 22,000 net square meters.

Project facts

Size: 37,100 sq.m. / 399,340 sq. ft. (approximately)
Cost: $260 Million
Collaborators: Lundholm Associates Architects
Client: Alberta Infrastructure
Builder: Ledcor Design-Build Inc.
LEED: LEED® Gold certification is anticipated for this project
Target Completion: 2016

Achievements & Awards

Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects - Institutional Over $50 M

Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects - Institutional Design

American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter) Award of Excellence in Concrete - Buildings-Institutional