Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Longhouse

Probably the most impressive feature of the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto building is the Longhouse which is located on the main floor. It is a contemporary interpretation of a canvas and bent willow teaching lodge that exists at Curve Lake with its size and shape being the same but the canvas has been replaced by cedar  and the framing is done like a geodesic dome. The floor is patterned after the traditional mats found in a longhouse and the lights were designed to cast a fireside ambience.  (The lights are actually made from recycled florescent tubes.)  The Longhouse can be set up for seating in circles or a long table can be erected down the centre. It is a gorgeous, special place. 

16 comments:

LĂșcia said...

It's amazing, they thought about every detail when the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto was created!
It is a very special place indeed. :)

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

That is one crazy looking room, its like something you would see in an Alice in wonderland scene. All you need is the little door at the end.
Excellent work
Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

Paul in Powell River said...

It does indeed look like a special place! I can almost smell that cedar from here.

Lowell said...

How very interesting...and it is truly a special place. The framing is spectacular. Is it used for educational sessions or meetings?

Deb said...

Makes me think of a honeycomb, it looks great and oozes atmosphere.

Eyeliquor said...

Beautiful!
Thank you for sharing Red Pat!

NixBlog said...

Fantastic room, great reinterpretation of a traditional design.

Halcyon said...

It's gorgeous! I must visit this place at next year's Doors Open. :)

La Principessa Errante said...

It takes my breath away it is so gorgeous.

bfarr said...

Beautiful space.

Randy said...

Interesting design.

Regina K said...

It indeed does look like a special and peaceful place!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautifully designed room, the lighting is doing exactly what is meant to do, create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Beautifully shown here Pat.

Kay L. Davies said...

How wonderful.
K

EG CameraGirl said...

Fantastic!

Michael Rowland said...

I wonder if this is what the inside of your mind looks like with chairs all around for your ideas to sit in,,,M