S’Klallam Tribe Youth Center

Port Gamble, WA

Designed for the S’Klallam Native American Tribe, this building serves as a place for youths to spend time together learning about traditions, playing games, and working on school projects. It boasts spacious areas for recreation, arts and crafts, and contains a high-tech media studio. This can also be a place of healing and discussion as it includes spaces for counseling and meeting.

S'Klallam Tribe Youth Center, ExteriorConnection to the Outdoors

Visual and spatial openness blurs the line between inside and outside and helps visitors maintain the sensation of being connected to the outdoors at all times.

The main recreation area is strategically located at one end of the building so that its glass façade can open up to the outdoor area, effectively doubling the amount of usable space. This visual and spatial openness blurs the line between inside and outside and helps visitors maintain the sensation of being connected to the outdoors at all times. The building’s form is a simple pitched roof with dramatic overhangs.

The building opens up, connecting it to a forested site near the water, signifying the connection we have to the earth. The pre-engineered “ganged” trusses were utilized to give the effect of heavy timer framing without using old-growth timber. In place of downspouts, water is allowed to drip into standard four-foot manhole sections that were placed to collect the rainwater. Efficient lighting fixtures were utilized throughout to reduce costs, and to add to the ambiance of the building.

Features:

  • Innovative wood frame construction
  • Cost-effective
  • Durable, low-maintenance material
  • Innovative water conveyance systems