Mississaugas Of The Credit Museum & Cultural Center

Mississaugas Of The Credit Museum & Cultural Center

A Cultural Center Celebrating The Anishinaabe People

Mississaugas Of The Credit Museum & Cultural Center

Our concept design for the Mississaugas Museum & Cultural Center, celebrating Anishinaabe People, was inspired by seasonal migration. We began by creating connected volumes housing exhibition spaces corresponding to the quarters of the Medicine Wheel and representative of the changing seasons. A centrally located circular theatre would host performances while workshops would be held at the three classrooms adjacent to the exhibition spaces.

The client wanted to create a center to educate Canadians about Indigenous culture while empowering the local First Nations community. The concept allows visitors to experience a rich cultural fabric and to understand how Indigenous groups thrived by living off the land in four distinct seasons.

Functional spaces such as a reception area, gift shops, with loading and storage areas is then integrated. The spatial volumes within are protected by a solid wall. Open courtyard spaces showcase the survival strategies of the Anishinaabe people in nature serving as a transition between exhibition spaces under protected walkways.

Green roofs are created to cover spaces housing functional programs such as a central theatre and classrooms while the four exhibits are equipped 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.

Completion Year: 2019
Location: Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, ON, Canada
Client: Withheld
Size: 20,200 ft2
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