The Chief expresses the need to move and let our present longhouse occupation return to the body of our mother. Each stage and conception of the building of the great house will be framed by a continual Burning Tobacco and Thanksgiving [Ohon:ton Karihwateh:kwen]. Located upon a high ridge overlooking a bend in the Grand River – on the original land of the Haldimand Proclamation of the British Crown, designating six miles either side of the Grand River as the land of the Mohawks and the Six Nations (for ever), this longhouse will be a place of prospect and refuge.
A central corridor provides an open sightline down the longhouse, connecting the space from beginning to end: one collective journey. Exposed structural systems connect ground to sky. The central gathering space sits at the heart of the project – a sacred place of storytelling and sharing knowledge, visibly present in the other communal spaces of the longhouse.