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200 m²

City of Vancouver



Vancouver, BC


- nominated, ‘Interior Beauty Design' ,BC Wood Council Award 2018 – Western Red Cedar

Community Space at 312 Main Community

312 Main is a social space in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside and covers the main floor of the former Vancouver Police Station and Corrections Centre. To symbolically address issues of reconciliation and unceded First Nations territories, a Western red-cedar structure inspired by Coast Salish longhouses defines a community space suitable for casual co-working as well as ceremonies. Western red-cedar logs were obtained from a nearby First Nations community and cross-purlins were rescued from a building that formerly occupied the site of the Vancouver Library. The construction team included “Bladerunners”, a youth skills-training program that has 60% Aboriginal participation and 32% female participation. This is an example of architecture being a vehicle for social change, metaphorically and practically. Dr. Mackin reviewed First Nations architectural wisdom with Patrick Stewart in the early design stages, and collaborated with Coast Salish Elders to ensure the poles and structure were culturally meaningful and respectful.

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