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Jëje Zho - Men’s House
Dawson City, Yukon
Expressing Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in culture and creating a healing environment were the two main priorities for the design of the Jëje Zho - Men’s House.
The patchwork wood cladding references traditional shelters that were layered with fur pelts, while embodying the materiality of the surrounding landscape. A privacy screen, which wraps around the exterior gathering area and fire pit, is built out of stripped birch poles like those used traditionally in fishing traps and drying racks. The building's facades incorporate large metal cut-outs in the shapes of culturally relevant natural imagery. These artworks are designed and constructed by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
*Photos taken during construction
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