The Tse’k’wa Heritage Society commissioned LEES+Associates to design an amphitheatre at the Tse’k’wa National Historic Site, as part of their initiative to plan and design interpretive infrastructure at the site. The piece of land was purchased by three First Nations (Doig River, West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations) that are working together to develop an interpretive centre and surrounding landscape.
The amphitheatre provides a storytelling and performance space for gathering, drumming, interpretive events, outdoor classrooms, and presentations. Natural materials including local stone, wood, canvas and native plants are featured in the design. The centrepiece of the amphitheatre is a weathering steel shell which provides a backdrop to the performance stage. Canvas sails mounted on timber poles provide shade to the amphitheatre seating, inspired by the drum as a central emblem of Dane-Zaa culture.
The following considerations were incorporated into the design:
- Reflecting the Dane-Zaa world view and culture;
- Minimizing the impact on the earth by using local and natural materials,
- Being accessible and welcoming for all visitors, and
- Considering site features including natural slope, and providing buffers from adjacent land uses.
LEES provided conceptual design, detailed design, issued for tender documents, and assisted with contract administration during the construction phase.