DOIG RIVER CULTRUAL CENTRE Rose Prairie, BC
Nestled into the slope in a grove of birch and aspen trees, the design for this cultural centre complements its natural surroundings and stands as an important building at the entrance of the community. Designed as a modern answer to the traditional church structure, the Doig River Cultural Centre is a hybrid of site-built and prefabricated components increasing quality and precision. Accommodating up to 150 people in the sanctuary with additional seating in the upper mezzanine, the building also houses a daycare and Elders’ lounge in the lower floor.
The building is to be Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) certified, which will result in 90% less energy usage over a conventional building. It will also become the most northern PHIUS certified building in North America as well as the first passive house community building on First Nations land, making it a truly unique structure on this continent.