Firm: Human Studio | Architecture and Urban Design
AP Role: Andrew Lockhart was the Project Architect
The Nk’Mip Expansion is an 8000 SF addition to the award winning Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. The expansion includes a Class A exhibition and event space; greatly increasing the ability of the centre to host world class exhibitions while also providing a flexible space to host a variety of events. Working closely with the NK’Mip Desert Cultural Centre team and Osoyoos Indian Band elders, the expansion was envisioned as a transition through the earth (the existing building) and into the light (the addition). OIB elders, together with the design team created a design concept in the nsyilxcən language:
iʔ n̓ɬqʷmin [embedded] aʔ cnq̓aʔulaʔxʷ [in the earth] txʷar̓kstms [reaching] iʔ stk̓masq̓t [for the sky].
Taking advantage of an integrated design process, this project was designed in close collaboration with Greyback Construction, increasing cost certainty and schedule certainty for the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB).
For more information about the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre please see the NDCC websitenkmipdesert.com