Nisga’a Museum + Cultural Centre

OWNER/DEVELOPER:

Nisg̱a'a Lisims Nation

ARCHITECT:

Hillel Architecture

SECTOR:

Arts + Culture

Completed:

2011

Location:

Lax̱g̱altsʼap (Greenville), BC

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Project Details

The Nisga’a Lisims Nation commissioned the design and construction of the Museum and Cultural Centre located in Laxgalts’ap (aka Greenville), BC just 150 km northwest of Terrace. With a design inspired by traditional Nisga’a longhouses, feast dishes, and canoes, this acclaimed cultural building is known as “Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a” in their native language, meaning “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” celebrating the importance of tribes and crests in Nisga’a society.

In addition to the museum floor, the facility has a 5,000 sq.ft. exhibition gallery, a small retail area, and multi-purpose meeting spaces. The entrance to the exhibits is through a replica of a Nisga’a longhouse.

Since humidity is a major factor for the Museum and its artifacts, AME designed a space humidification control system to ensure proper ventilation is provided to the conditioned space and seasonal changes in temperature and air quality are dealt with effectively.