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Government House (Läla - Butterfly)
Towards An Eco Village Community - Mayo, Yukon (2007)
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Government House, a 20,000 sf (1,858 m2) community administration facility, physically establishes the "seat of government" for the self governing First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun. Its identity is derived from a vernacular which uses indigenous materials, responds to local climatic and site conditions, and incorporates energy efficient technologies, sacred geometries, artworks and historic references. The building’s form takes advantage of passive solar gain, water and earth energy (geo-exchange). Its "butterfly wings” trap the sun.

The "Council Chamber Drum", a featured program element, is reminiscent of past Northern Tutchone building practices with its circular shape and sweeping curved beams acknowledging the arc of the sun and recalling historic willow structures. The curved beams represent the four cardinal directions. Round windows highlight each quadtrant, align with the summer and winter soltices, and bring light into the heart of the Council Chamber "Drum".

Sustainable Community Plan
Eco Village





 
 
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