Royal BC Museum appoints international architect
The Royal BC Museum has appointed the international award-winning lead architect John McAslan + Partners to create a master site plan which will lay the foundation for the renewal of British Columbia’s museum and archives.
With local support from Merrick Architecture (Victoria, BC), the master site plan is expected to set the framework for a realistic, functional and affordable future development given today’s economic climate.
Future development of the Royal BC Museum site will be guided by the master site plan, which will identify opportunities inherent within the site and its surroundings. The ideas formulated by the plan will capture both the physical space needs of a modern museum and archives and growing visitor expectations, while reflecting the British Columbian and Canadian context. The community will continue to be involved in the master planning phase through forums, focus groups or meetings which will be announced at a later date.
The Royal BC Museum looks after more than seven million objects, artifacts and records. A critical outcome of this master site plan is to identify and create the opportunity for a purpose-built collections facility, which will enable the Royal BC Museum to preserve and protect BC’s human and natural history and archival collections for future generations. In addition to the master site plan, McAslan + Partners will design a reinvigorated lobby entrance and lecture theatre within the existing footprint of the exhibition building.
Image: As the provincial museum and archives, the Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories of British Columbia – on-site, off-site and online – through its research, collections, exhibitions and learning programs. Its two-hectare cultural precinct also includes a number of historically significant buildings and First Nations sites.