This new cultural venue for the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation has already garnered international acclaim. Located on Treaty 4 Territory in south-east Saskatchewan, the powwow arbour has been designed to strengthen traditions, celebrate Saulteaux culture and encourage community members to pass along knowledge to future generations.
“ENGAGEMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH NATION’S LEADERSHIP – MOST NOTABLY WITH THE COMMUNITY’S INDIGENEITY RESOURCE AND KNOWLEDGE KEEPER, JEFF CAPPO – WAS CRITICAL TO THE REFINEMENT OF THE ARBOUR’S FUNCTION, SIZE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A UNIFYING DESIGN INTENTION THAT TIES ALL ASPECTS OF THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURAL EXPRESSION,”
— BRAD PICKARD | ARCHITECT WITH OXBOW
“THE WAFX AWARD HERALDS
THE WORLD’S MOST FORWARD-LOOKING ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPTS, AND IS AWARDED TO FUTURE PROJECTS THAT
IDENTIFY KEY CHALLENGES
THAT ARCHITECTS WILL NEED TO ADDRESS IN THE COMING YEARS. THIS YEAR THE JUDGES HAVE SELECTED WINNERS THAT THEY BELIEVE ARE ALL EXCELLENT EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS THAT ADDRESS THE BIG ISSUES FACING ARCHITECTURE, SOCIETY, AND THE PLANET.”
— ARCHITECTURE AWARDS COMMITTEE
The award-winning building design by Saskatchewan-based Oxbow Architecture in collaboration with Dalhousie Architecture Professor Emeritus Richard Kroeker has won a WAFX Award (World Architecture Festival Prize).
The project integrates a central dance circle, spectator seating, an announcer’s booth for Head Staff, and vendor stalls below the perimeter raked seating. All program elements are accommodated under one roof. The structural system requires a circular geometry to balance the loads, reinforcing the importance of the circle in indigenous culture. The First Nations of the Great Plains built using lightweight material components as efficiently as possible.
This new venue will also play a central role in the nation’s plan to bring new found Tourism to the beautiful Muscowpetung Valley.