kobayashi + zedda

MacBride Museum
Whitehorse, Yukon


The modern Yukon from the gold rush until the turn of the 21st century was industrial, driven by development and led by people who were willing to meet the challenges of the land, the climate and the isolation head-on to build a community.

This new building will share the story of those people in a building that matches their attitude. An industrial building, designed to be efficient and functional yet also wild and beautiful and welcoming. With a nod to our mining heritage in the cladding, from the wood-look and corrugated steel siding reminiscent of the pioneer construction, to the zinc reminding us of our biggest mining adventure in Faro. The natural beauty of the Yukon landscape is reflected in the mimicry of the endless winter sky with constellations twinkling in lights on the facade, and featuring an ice-like cave carved into the corner of the form.

Yukon’s modern history was a period of rapid change, experiencing many boom and bust cycles. This story will chronicle the resiliency of the citizens through those dynamic times.