Wanuskewin Heritage Park + Meewasin Valley Authority + City of Saskatoon
Nestled on the western ridge of the Opimihaw Creek Valley on a historic buffalo jump, Wanuskewin Heritage Park transcends the lines between buildings and the land to fulfill the vision of the founding Elders to tell the story of the Plains First Nation people. The location, massing, orientation and finishes of the building are all reflective of this guiding principle, and the results combine these important historic elements with modern design elements.
aodbt is proud to have designed the original Wanuskewin Heritage Park which opened in 1992 and has remained a renowned example of prairie architecture inspired by First Nations Culture. The Heritage Centre provides the region with a world class facility for learning about, and enjoying a culture intrinsically tied to its natural surroundings while in a structure that reflects the spirit of all five Saskatchewan First Nations and is sensitively integrated in to the natural context. The original design process included numerous sessions held with elders representing Five First Nations to gain an understanding of what elements are reflective of traditional culture. aodbt has worked closely and continuously with Wanuskewin Heritage Park in the development of a Visitor Experience Master Plan in 2013 and the fundraising campaign in 2015 for future expansion of the Heritage Park.
The renovation include a new bison viewing platform, a new plaza at the front door, art galleries, gift shop, restaurant, trail system, a brand new playground, conference rooms, and permanent exhibits.