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tobacco plains 

 

Tobacco Plains, BC

277 

Schematic Design

 

This cultural centre provides the Ktunaxa (k-too-nah-ha) people with a gathering space that celebrates their culture and traditions. For thousands of years, their people enjoyed the natural bounty of the land, seasonally migrating throughout their Traditional Territory to follow vegetation and hunting cycles.

 

The building’s circular form represents life and connectedness to the land and roots. The glulam structure resembles a tipi, with the building’s entrance facing East. Traditionally tipis were constructed with their entrances facing East to greet the rising sun in the morning when exiting the tipi.

 

The interior of the building is broken into three concentric rings. The outermost ring has administrative offices, washrooms, storage space, a children’s play area, and an artifact display area for special exhibits. The second ring provides a museum and gallery area that surrounds the main gathering and story-telling space where Ktunaxa Elder’s can share their sacred stories and teachings.

 

The building itself and the interior programmatic layout are arranged on axis, creating a visual and spatial connection between indoors and outdoors - as people move from one space to another, they embody the innate connection between humans with the Earth and sky.

 

The tipi structures on the exterior walkway leading up to the building are arranged on axis and represent the main tipi structure to which additional poles are placed on. The poles represent the connection to Earth and sky.

 

This new cultural centre provides our client a space for all to connect; to bridge the gap between past and present, and a place to celebrate the future.


tobacco plains 

 

Tobacco Plains, BC

277 

Schematic Design

 

This cultural centre provides the Ktunaxa (k-too-nah-ha) people with a gathering space that celebrates their culture and traditions. For thousands of years, their people enjoyed the natural bounty of the land, seasonally migrating throughout their Traditional Territory to follow vegetation and hunting cycles.

 

The building’s circular form represents life and connectedness to the land and roots. The glulam structure resembles a tipi, with the building’s entrance facing East. Traditionally tipis were constructed with their entrances facing East to greet the rising sun in the morning when exiting the tipi.

 

The interior of the building is broken into three concentric rings. The outermost ring has administrative offices, washrooms, storage space, a children’s play area, and an artifact display area for special exhibits. The second ring provides a museum and gallery area that surrounds the main gathering and story-telling space where Ktunaxa Elder’s can share their sacred stories and teachings.

 

The building itself and the interior programmatic layout are arranged on axis, creating a visual and spatial connection between indoors and outdoors - as people move from one space to another, they embody the innate connection between humans with the Earth and sky.

 

The tipi structures on the exterior walkway leading up to the building are arranged on axis and represent the main tipi structure to which additional poles are placed on. The poles represent the connection to Earth and sky.

 

This new cultural centre provides our client a space for all to connect; to bridge the gap between past and present, and a place to celebrate the future.

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