For this landmark project, Atelier Ten guided the team in achieving a balance between architectural preservation and energy efficiency. The integrity of the furnace structure is supported by innovative passive architectural and active systems strategies to reducing resource consumption.
Situated in the National Industrial Heritage Park, this museum reuses a decommissioned steel furnace as its site. A series of above and below grade pavilions were added to accommodate administrative, gallery, and multipurpose areas.
Atelier Ten’s analysis work focused on the envelope design and on guiding the local engineers in designing an efficient MEP system that included an underfloor displacement ventilation and ice storage. Integrating the floor based ventilation system within the historic structure was a major collaborative effort. The building also uses a greywater system, low-flow water fixtures and a native green roof to greatly reduce potable water consumption.