El Cajon, CA
10,000 SF

Two timber frame structures, linked by a mezzanine and an open-air breezeway, house a recreation center for the Sycuan Native American Reservation in Southern California. The facility also serves as a tribal meeting house that can accommodate large community gatherings as well as a library and reading room on the second floor.

A traditional Native American dwelling inspired the design and its relationship to the landscape. The proposed construction materials (recycled timber, vegetable-dyed wheat board, and recycled glass) are environmentally-sensitive in keeping with Native American traditions that honor nature. On the facade, a series of operable ‘woven’ wood and steel screens will shield the desert sun from the interior spaces while allowing views out to the mountains.


STRUCTURAL Friedman & Oppenheimer Engineers