nk'mip desert cultural center: rammed earth canada
The March issue of Canadian Architect focuses on architecture for Aboriginal Canada. Included, was the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Center by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects. The center is meant to celebratre the culture and the history areas native people's culture. The main architecture feature is the largest rammed earth wall in North America measuring 80 metres (262 feet) long by 5.5 metres (18 feet). The wall is made of layers of colored stabilized soil from the unusal canadian desert context which the center is located: South of the Okanagan Valley in Dsaycos British Columbia.