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Canadian Museum of Nature – KPMB Architects – Glass Extension

I have been researching buildings that have had a glass extension added to them as I am considering using glass as a material for the extension of my building, (maybe combined with other materials). I would like to add a possibly a more modern extension to it, so it was important to look at what other architects have produced. I intend to look at a few buildings to see different architectural examples and implementations of glass additions and extensions.

View from the Exterior

The glazed extension to the Canadian Museum of Nature was designed by KPMB Architects. The modern glass architecture brings contrast to the old original 1912 Beaux Arts-style architecture and this building proves that old and modern architecture combined  can form a beautiful result. The building is Canada’s oldest national museum that has been bought into the 21st Century with this modern glass tower that is known as the “lantern”. This is a space that floods the building with loads of natural light.

View from the Interior

The interior images show how the glass “lantern” tower fills the building with natural light. It also keeps the contrast between the old and the new within the interior space.

(Images courtesy of Inhabitat)


I really like this architecture project as I like the idea of flooding parts of my chosen building with as much natural light as possible, however I do not want the building to overheat as my extension will be south facing. Therefore, I will need to look at other materials to use in combination with the glass.

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