Our longhouse is located on the Haldimand Tract, lands promised to the Six Nations, on the outskirts of Galt and overlooking the Grand River. Our design respects and takes inspiration from the Six Nations’ centuries of longhouse construction. Our longhouse is placed with its long axis in the east-west direction, with the north face of the house overlooking the river. The shape is inspired by barns found in southern Ontario. The longhouse is made mostly from wood, a renewable and biodegradable material, that will decompose at its end of life. The residents of the longhouse and wider community would participate in assembling the longhouse, using simple methods inspired by barn raising. The fires and smoke holes of traditional longhouses were central to the building and placed in a line through the center, which our longhouse takes inspiration from.
The ground floor has spaces for gathering, learning, reflecting and entertainment. The activities of food preparation and eating meals are located at the center of the building. The basement floor has a grand ceremonial space. The second floor is the living quarter for the twelve families. The apartment units are designed to adapt to smaller or larger families, with moveable partition walls that change the size of the units. The sleeping spaces were placed on the second floor, to be closer to Skyworld.