The Puyallup Longhouse was designed with the goal of creating a community center and beautiful, relevant, and affordable housing for members of the Puyallup Tribe struggling with the challenges of increased urbanization, high unemployment, and low income. The design embraces the tribe’s culture and follows the concept of traditional longhouses where family, friends, and community members interacted to perform such daily activities as singing, dancing, weaving, and carving. Modern technologies supplemented the natural design strategy and led to homes that are much more energy efficient than the current Washington State energy code.
The buildings in which we live, work and play protect us from Nature’s extremes, yet they also affect our health and environment in countless ways. The Puyallup Tribe started building green to provide healthier, sustainable, and more resource-efficient Native American communities. Research and experience increasingly demonstrate that when buildings are designed and operated with their life cycle impacts in mind, they can provide great environmental, economic, and social benefits.
This LEED Platinum-certified housing project is a culturally and environmentally responsive new model for the Puyallup Tribe in the Pacific NW. It’s located on the Puyallup reservation on a hill overlooking the Puget Sound tide flats, which were traditional Puyallup tribal lands. The buildings are designed to emulate the rectangular, shed-roofed form of a traditional Coast Salish longhouse using a variation of the modern townhouse courtyard building. Structural Insulated Panels with excellent air sealing for a well-insulated envelope, triple pane windows, and ground source heat pumps for both domestic hot water and hydronic heating are some of the sustainable features.
By utilizing advanced technologies, such as Premier SIPs, the project architect was able to impressively integrate both cultural and environmental responsibility into the tribal project to meet the goals set by the Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority… “space that reflects culture”.
- 2012 USGBC Project of the Year
- LEED Platinum
- 2012 International SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design