First Nations Cultural Centre – Vancouver, BC
Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was the primary individual responsible for the project from the early design phase through to completion of construction).
Though designed as a temporary pavilion to showcase the culture of the Four Host First Nations (Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh) during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the project has become a legacy project for the Games and now serves as a cultural centre for the Musqueam band in a prominent new site by the Fraser River.
This First Nations architecture is wholly contemporary and suited to its unique purpose but draws discretely on elements and themes in first nations’ traditional buildings and culture. The curving pavilion wrapped around a temporary sphere which was a projection screen for films on first nations culture and history during the Games. The innovative structure, developed with and built by Structurecraft, was made up of prefabricated wood panels that bolted together on site. After the Games the panels were unbolted, shifted to their new site by the Fraser River for the Musqueam First Nation and re-assembled. This highly popular pavilion’s re-use stands in stark contrast to some of its more costly and banal neighbouring pavilions which were scrapped after the Olympics. The Pavilion is now a part of the Musqueam Cultural Centre.