The team worked closely to develop a project vision that guides the development from design, to construction, to move in.
The overarching project vision is to create a space for different Musqueam generations and families to live together. It reflects how Musqueam families lived together in longhouses before colonization.
There are six parts to the project vision:
- Maximize opportunities for member housing
ʔi ɬeʔ nem̓ t̕ak̓ʷ – Let’s Go Home
- Welcoming: Feels nice to come home to
- Livable units: Enough space, fresh air, natural light, quality finishes
- Foster culture and community pride
- Maximize open space
- Respect the neighbours
- Create resilient community: Foster community relationships, conserve and manage water, connect to the land
The site guiding principles, like the project vision, provide a guide for developing and evaluating the design of the buildings.
The principles are:
- Working with the natural systems of the site
- Respecting the neighbours
- Improving site access for all
- Developing appropriate density
- Supporting childcare
- Providing amenities for the community
- Maximizing open space for community use