Haskell Indian Nations Museum & Cultural Center
Studio 504| Spring 2014
DATE: January 2014 - May 2014
PROFESSOR: Kapila Silva
LOCATION: Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence Kansas
MEDIA: Revit, Rhino, Photoshop, & Illustrator
PROCESS: This project began with constellations and an in-depth analysis of Native American cosmological beliefs. I wanted to base my building on something that was not sterotypically Native American. I also wanted to create a space that all people could relate to. In my research, I came across the Navajo String Games, which became the main generator of form for my building. In the Navajo tradition, the string games represent different constellations and are used as part of an interactive storytelling process that allows their oral history to be passed down from generation to generation. I also discovered that for many Native tribes the Pleiades is an important constellation in their belief systems. I took the string game for the Pleiades constellation and activated specific points representing the 9 stars in the constellation to create the form of my building. The tensile structure suspends a PTFE canopy that mimics a starry night sky on the interior. The walls of the building are rammed earth, using earth found near the site. The Haskell Indian Nations Univeristy Museum of Native American Culture represents all nations and provides a space not only for the University but for all of Lawrence, KS.
AWARDS: Merit Award for Student Architecture - AIA Kansas October 2014