Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
Whistler, British Columbia
In the spirit of co-operation and goodwill, the Skwxwú7mesh and Lil’wat7ul Nations have constructed a shared cultural centre overlooking Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This facility provided opportunities for the two Nations to showcase their cultures during the 2010 Winter Olympics and is a permanent venue for cultural activities and displays.
The landscape is a vital interpretive tool, integrating the architecture, an amalgam of the Squamish longhouse and Lil’Wat istken (pit house), into the site. The landscape, including the ethnobotanical garden, is planted exclusively with native species traditionally used by both First Nations groups. The istken features an extensive green roof that contributed to the project’s LEED Gold certification. Much of the site’s Coastal Western Hemlock forest has been retained and the existing trails incorporated into the plan.