HALIFAX NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Professor: Kyle Stover
This Natural History Museum--to be located in Downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia--grounds itself on the spatial planning around the large animals on display. A collection of historic skeletons was created and scattered across the site to create an easily walkable path throughout the museum. The concept of semi-transparent crystal structures was then implemented into the project to house these skeletons as both an experiential way to admire the mass of these animals and also as a way-finding measure throughout the gallery space. The crystals were then set into a stepped, open hypo-style hall to avoid the gallery-after-gallery, room-after-room, track traditional museums follow. To accommodate the other programs needed in a museum, the cafe, shop, administrative offices, storage, and archival space are located on the second floor, accessible by two grand escalators.