Entering the 3,600 m2 Haida Cultural Centre, the visitor passes through a coastal rainforest into a glass clad six beam welcome house affording panoramic views of the sky, sea and land of Haida Gwaii (the land of the people). The culture of the Haida is intrinsically linked to the natural world. At the community’s request, the new Cultural Centre also references Haida iconography of longhouses and totems, and has the overall appearance of a traditional village.
The Kwanlin Dun First Nation Cultural Centre was designed to reflect the traditions and landscapes of the Kwanlin Dun. Located in downtown Whitehorse, on the banks of the Yukon River, the facility is a nexus linking both the Kwanlin Dun and Whitehorse to the River. The elongated plan and extensive glazing allow expansive views to the river and escarpments surrounding the centre. The KDFN Cultural Centre received the 2012 Prairie Wood Design Award.