Renewal and Resiliency
Innovative research and community facility – a convergence of historical archives, a library, a keeping house for artifacts, classrooms, administrative space, and a theatre. Extensive end-user engagement with local Elders, community leaders, youth, and cultural advisors underpins its design.
To Be Blackfoot
Reflect and honor Blackfoot culture, community, and way of life. It is the basis of everything and primary importance to be represented. The foundation to the school and design is to bring in values, customs, language, and tradition. It places a strong emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility, ensuring the space is welcoming and user-friendly for all, including those with mobility or mental challenges. Design Drivers: identity, kinship, inclusivity, inspiration, innovation, and resiliency. These drivers were woven into every aspect of the design.
Connection to Nature
Incorporation of natural areas, physical nature into the building, and framed views from the building (to physical landmarks, connection to sky, and astromony).