Research and design a community centre for an Aboriginal group located in Canada based on cultural and social needs, geographic location, and demographics
Express conceptual framework and design concept
Develop and apply programmatic requirements through spatial development
Select functional and sustainable materials
Na’ku’set is a community centre located in Eskasoni, Cape Breton. The facility fosters a sense of cultural identity and community through a strong connection to the land and Mi’kmaw heritage. The community centre has been given the name Na’ku’set, the Mi'kmaw word for sun, as the sun has special significance in Mi’kmaw culture. The building is oriented in a way to best utilize natural sunlight as a way to unite the spiritual and architectural in a space that meets the needs of the community. Dynamic movement in the space will be created through the use of curving lines, natural forms and unique and varying volumes that express the balance and stability of the natural world. Subtle historical and traditional references have been incorporated into the design with a focus on the use of local and sustainable materials. By creating engaging spaces that fit the needs of the community, Na’ku’set Community Centre will be a place where the people of Eskasoni can gather, support each other, learn, and connect with their culture.
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