Basket-weaving tradition inspires Indigenous housing design – Journal of Commerce

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Basket-weaving tradition inspires Indigenous housing design – Journal of Commerce

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 202032 Views

A Passive House social housing project for Indigenous people that will feature a one-of-a-kind wood design is being proposed in Vancouver by consulting firm M’akola Development Services.

When complete, the envelope, architectural articulation and balconies of the building will give it the look of a big basket, testament to the basket-weaving tradition of the Coast Salish Peoples.

“It’s an interesting weave of Indigenous cultures throughout the design,” explains Achim Charisius, senior associate and certified Passive House designer at GBL Architects. “The building is intended to be built for the Indigenous population so there’s a sort of pride and the basket-weaving is a local tradition which is celebrated in B.C. so that’s where the basket-weave comes from.”

M’akola, a firm with Indigenous roots, wanted to make sure the culture of local Indigenous people was incorporated into the design and that wood be used in the build to fit in with the area.

Read More: https://canada.constructconnect.com/joc/news/projects/2020/09/basket-weaving-tradition-inspires-indigenous-housing-design

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