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, thus 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 on the lower floor.
The building is Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) certified, which will result in 90% less energy usage over a conventional building. It is also one of 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.