Mississaugas Of the Credit Museum & Cultural Center
Our concept design of the Mississaugas Museum & Cultural Center celebrating the Anishinaabe people was Inspired by the seasonal migration of aboriginal tribes. We began by creating connected volumes housing exhibition space corresponding to the 4 quarters of the Aboriginal Medicine wheel, with each quadrants representing the 4 different seasons.
A centrally located circular theatre would host performances while workshops would be held at the 3 classrooms adjacent to the exhibits. The client wanted to create a center for educating schools and corporations about Canadian Aboriginal culture while empowering the local community. Our design allows the visitor to have a glimpse of how the aboriginal people thrived by living off the land through four drastically different seasons and to experience their rich yet fragile cultural fabric (Medicine Wheel Source: Canadian Federation of Library Association).
Functional programs such as reception area, giftshops, loading area, and storage is then integrated. The spatial volumes within are protected by a solid wall to circumvent potential vandalism and mischief. Open courtyard spaces with themed ourdoor elements showcases the ourdoor survival strategies of the Anishinaabe people and serves as the transition space between one exhibition space to the next through protected walkways.
Green roofs are created for spaces housing functional programs, central theatre as well as classrooms, while the 4 exhibits are equippted with UV-proof skylights for access to natural light. Weather treated timber beam roof mounted above provide shade to the open courtyard spaces between volumes and circulation
Design Period: Summer 2019
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, ON, Canada
Danny Tseng, Jessica Keller, Jordan Barnaud