ATCO Tyrell Learning Centre

  • Building Description – Learning Centre @ RTM
  • Building Location – Drumheller, Alberta
  • Size – 1485 sq.m. (16,000 sq.ft.)
  • Design Response – This addition to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller houses classrooms for a variety of learning projects, including a laboratory to study paleontological conservation methods. Designed to accommodate all levels of teaching from elementary to post-secondary the classrooms can be combined or used singly for a variety of types of instruction. One of the goals of the facility was to provide distance learning and remote linkages with actual dig sites around the world. The Centre currently contains three classrooms that can be linked, a separate multi-purpose room, staff offices and a laboratory classroom. A large entrance lobby serves as both a staging area for outdoor exhibitions and a secondary teaching space for informal presentations.
  • The design is an allusion to the landscape of the area. Angled glazing in deep blue against the banded terrazzo block cladding mimics the sharp blue of the sky as it cuts in amongst the varicoloured hoodoo rock formations of the surrounding badlands.