CLT Building System + Guest Cabins
Haida Gwaii, BC
Prefabricated Mass Timber Building System
Checkwitch Poiron Architects collaborated with Fast+Epp Engineers and FP Innovations on the development of a Cross-Laminated Timber Panel (CLT) building system for HaiCo, the economic development arm of the Council of the Haida Nation. Intended to use wood that has been harvested by the Haida-owned forestry company Taan Forestry, the panels will be durable, beautiful and sustainable.
The Haida House is a seasonally operated accommodation and cultural/eco-tourism service that is managed by HaiCo. The success of the existing Haida House has resulted in the need for expanded capacity at their lodge on the Tlell River. Checkwitch Poiron Architects worked with HaiCo on the design of 4 to 6 new guest cabins for the Haida House.
Drawing on the information gathered during our meetings and site explorations, as well as our understanding of Haida culture (our employee Brett MacIntyre is a proud non-status member of the Haida Nation) we proposed two options for the cabins: an option sited in the forest adjacent to the existing lodge that responds to the current needs outlined by HaiCo and Haida House staff, and an option sited on a beach dune overlooking the Hecate Strait, which proposes a potential future direction for the Haida House business.
Instead of creating copies of the traditional Haida Longhouse, the designs are intended to evoke a deeper understanding of Haida culture, incorporating elements of Haida art directly into the architecture, and reinterpreting Haida forms, building techniques and systems to create cabins that respond to their unique environments (forest and coastline, respectively) while still respecting the rich cultural history of the Haida.
2. Vertical Cedar Furring
3. Self-Adhered Vapour Permeable air/water resistance barrier
5. Composite Wood Fibre Insulation
6. Vertical Wood Lam (SPF)
7. Horizontal Wood Lam (SPF)
8. Vertical Wood Lam (SPF)