Royal Alberta Museum
HIP Architects, along with prime consultant, Diamond and Schmitt Architects from Toronto, were shortlisted for the design of the new Royal Alberta Museum under the lead of Ellis Don as the contractor proponent for the design build competition. The short listed teams were given six weeks to design a museum in response to a detailed program.
The design is a perfect environment for the collections and its associated research with exhibit halls and offi ces arranged in an effi cient, yet engaging manner. An innovative people-focused, double helix rises from the entrance lobby housing a Children’s Gallery and First Nations gallery. On all sides, the building spills out onto plaza and park spaces that are activated with exhibits, sculpture, cafes, and shops from neighbouring retail developments. Connections from throughout the city shaped the museum and its site to make a project that is integral to the community, is highly interactive, and a pleasure to experience at the human scale.