Mnjikaning First Nation Childhood Education Centre | Rama, ON

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Program
Community / Cultural
Client
Rama First Nation
Location
Rama, ON
Status
Complete
Partnering Architects
N/A
Year
2005

This early childhood education facility is situated in the Mnjikaning First Nation community. The design is informed by indigenous mythical beliefs, and focuses on the importance of the easterly axis of the cardinal wheel. The focal point of the building is the ring-shaped playground, coloured to represent the circle of life scribed into the landscape.

The building arcs gently about this central point with all playrooms facing eastward. The structure’s zinc canopy is fixed to the ground along the road and opens out to the playground along the opposite side. The interior is made up of natural materials, primarily wood and slate.