Kwanlin Dun

DNA provided structural and architectural consulting services for the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Facility and Whitehorse Municipal Library; an award winning $14M facility.  The project showcases the use of wood in both the architectural finishes and the exposed structural elements. The facility features a number of creative structural designs and solutions; to accommodate the extensive amount of underground mechanical services, DNA designed a 3.6 m wide main corridor to serve as a concrete service tunnel running the length of the facility. The library wing is of steel construction with a large skylight and clearstory, roof deck, curved masonry wall and exposed timber stairs. The cultural centre is of timber construction and showcases an exposed heavy timber roof framing system. In particular, the roof structure of the Longhouse is prominently featured with the use of dramatic 22 m hybrid timber/steel roof trusses.