The project supports community economic objectives in two ways:
First, by engaging local sources of labor in the building process and construction approaches that are strategically aligned with local resources and skills. The structure uses local timber milled on-site, nail-laminated timber panels, and a system of cables that work like tensioning elements of drum heads that can be built on site using local labor without specialist skills.
Secondly, the project will provide an alternative source of income for the Nation through hosting events and tourism activities. The roof design enables rainwater harvesting to irrigate an adjacent medicine garden and orchard, as well as a photovoltaic system that generates over 350,000 kWh per year, meeting half of the energy needs for all homes on Muscowpetung land.
Project status: Detailed design stage completed, expected start of construction - November 2023.
The jury panel applauded the design of this building which serves as a significant place of celebration for the Muscowpetung culture in Canada. The project’s emphasis on craft structures holds great relevance and resonates deeply with the indigenous community, honoring their traditions and cultural heritage. The elegant and simple design of the arbor was highly commended: the project’s aesthetics reflect a refined and sophisticated approach, showcasing a visually appealing structure. Additionally, the jury recognized the thoughtful shape of the design and intriguing roof system, specifically tailored to favor adequate shadows and natural ventilation within the arbor.
The mindful approach to material usage and joinery technique was discussed in detail and merits of each were highlighted and commended. The design minimizes the use of materials while emphasizing sustainability, with almost 70% of the wood sourced locally. This commitment to utilizing locally sourced materials reduces the environmental footprint and strengthens the project’s connection to the surrounding region.