Changing Horses NFP Society
Supportive Housing Complex


The Supportive Housing Complex is an initiative of the Canadian Government, the Indigenous Innovation Homes Initiative. The aim is to return agency and autonomy to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in contributing to the design of their built environments. The Supportive Housing Complex is an on-reserve housing development for homeless people in the Blood Tribe. It is based on a traditional, self-sustaining, holistically ecological, Blackfoot village, ‘Housing First’. This approach is rooted in the idea that people are best able to move forward in their lives once they have a safe, secure and decent house and supportive community. The complex consists of eight (8) units surrounding a Central Gathering building. The project aims to affirm the community’s sense of place and home by purposefully integrating Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) cultural and communal aspects of healing and social integration into a sustainable and energy efficient design. The goal of this project is to act as a catalyst of innovation in terms of sustainable construction, including passive design and material innovation. Aircrete, composed of cement, lime and pulverized fuel ash, offers the strength and durability of concrete in an easy to construct, lightweight stacking block.



Stage of Completion

Design Development (2020-2021)


Blood Tribe Kainai Nation, Alberta, Canada


4,779 sq.ft. 444 m2


Changing Horses NFP Society

Design Leads

Wanda Dalla Costa Architect

Design Leads

Raphael Neurohr and Tomasz Sztuk of DAAS Architecture

Design Team

Raphael Neurohr, Tomasz Sztuk, Rhonda Harvey, Dolores Cremonini, Tierra Miller, Selina Martinez

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