Lost Villages Museum

A Museum for the Lost Village Society


 

The town of Long Sault, Ontario experienced a displacement when the St. Lawrence River was flooded to allow easier boat access. This resulted in several houses having to be buried, moved or destroyed.  This site became known as the Lost Villages, containing a collection of houses from  8 towns that were displaced. The site, located along the St. Lawrence River currently consists of 10 heritage buildings that were moved and restored. However, these buildings are spread over the large site, with  no obvious reasoning or arrangement.   

 
 
 

The back facades are removed on each building to allow for them to act as exhibition rooms within the museum. These removed facades are then re purposed throughout the museum.

 
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The proposed museum provides more organization and rhythm to the site, curating an experience under one roof. By rearranging the buildings into chronological order, it allows visitors to understand the timeline of the different architypes.

In addition to the museum program, 5 residences are proposed on site to house artists. The typology of these houses are live-work units, with their design parti being a mirror of the museum. Similarly to the museum program, the focus of the residences was on the roof shape. This shape was derived from mirroring and inverting the roofline of the museum.

 
 
 

Each building on the site has its own unique architectural typology. Each individual building is framed  by the museum, mimicking the existing roofline. This creates a visual and literal connection  between the historic buildings and the new proposed museum. 

In addition to the museum program, 5 residences are proposed on site to house artists. The typology of these houses are live-work units, with their design parti being a mirror of the museum. Similarly to the museum program, the focus of the residences was on the roof shape. This shape was derived from mirroring and inverting the roofline of the museum.


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