The Métis Crossing Cultural Gathering Centre is an integration of traditional craftsmanship with modern materials. Timber was chosen for the structural material due to its long use history in Métis construction practices.
The standout modern feature of this historic church’s main sanctuary is the arched engineered trusses and WESTDEK GLT panels that span the ceiling. This unique design creates a sense of openness, spiritual and personal connection for a growing congregation.
Inspired by the unique Oxbow river form, found on the original lands of the Salt River First Nation, this diverse facility combines old-world heritage themes with modern design. Western Archrib's structural wood products feature prominently, which include WESTDEK GLT, Glulam columns, and Glulam beams.
The design for this multipurpose complex was created in consultation with Siksika peoples.
This unique nature-inspired heavy timber structure appears at times to be floating above the natural landscape.
The use of Glulam columns paired together, in place of a traditional post, create an efficency in material use that resonated with both the Squamish and Lil'wat Nation's belief that they are stewards of the lands.
Shaped like a tipi, this structure contains both the stories of the land, as well as instruments from its centuries-old inhabitants. The design of the roof acts as a natural storm water collection system, reducing the erosion of soil in the site.