Seven Buffalo Lodges
Conceived as a transitional housing for the homeless tribal members, Seven Buffalo Lodges aims to introduce new tribal architecture that renders modern facilities while staying embedded in its tribal roots. 7 Directions Architects designed a conceptual master layout that includes family housing, enclosed sweat lodge, a dance/gathering central space, single men/women lodges, an outdoor basketball court, and parking areas. The essence of traditional timber construction punctuates spaces with a much needed warmth and comfort for the residents. The idea of community engagement is further reinforced through indoor-outdoor connections and recreational zones. The design funding for the project was provided by MSU Creative Activities and Research Grant and the process involved design workshops with shelter residents.