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Salvaged Cedar Longhouse Inspired by Native Architecture
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 17, 2010 @ 6:08 pm In Architecture | 1 Comment
The new 12,500 sq ft multi-purpose education facility opened in January of 2010 and is centrally located on the campus. Alfred Waugh, of Chipweyan descent, was tasked with designing a facility that would honor the identity and pride of native students while providing space for programs centered on indigenous culture. Inside the building contains space for a student union, elders lounges, study areas, classrooms and a ceremonial spaces. The large ceremonial room is built in the Coast Salish Long House  design and is used for ceremonies, special events and graduations, and can accommodate 200 people.
Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, natural sunlight  and ventilation, natural and local materials, and traditional architecture are dominant in the design. The large sloping roof allows rain water to drain into a stormwater retention pond, while a lower roof is planted with native grasses . Salvaged western red cedar clads the exterior, and woven cedar panels line the hall walls, which were inspired by the bull rush mats traditionally found in long house interiors. Two carved cedar posts sit at the entrance to welcome visitors to the center.
Images ©Nic Lehoux 
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 'First People's House': http://web.uvic.ca/fphouse/
 Alfred Waugh Architects: http://www.alfredwaugh.com/firstpeoples.html
 green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-roof
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/17/salvaged-cedar-longhouse-inspired-by-native-architecture/first-peoples-house-11/
 Coast Salish Long House: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_long_house
 natural sunlight: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylighting
 roof is planted with native grasses: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/16/eco-longhouse-blends-into-kansas-prairie-with-green-roof/
 Nic Lehoux: http://www.niclehoux.com/
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