Alaska Native Heritage Center
This facility on private land in Northeast Anchorage was created for all the Indigenous Cultures of Alaska to share and celebrate their rich heritage - a building that would be respectful yet showcase the diverse cultures. Collaborative visioning sessions with native Elders resulted in multi-use facilities that blend with interpretive exhibits, and provide a rich experience for the Alaskan Natives and their visitors who number 135,000 per year.
As an introductory film ends in the 103-seat Theater, a wall slides away, exposing the panorama of the five cultural galleries, each representing one of the primary indigenous groups and providing interpretive exhibits and a working studio for artisans of each culture. A large open, circular Gathering Place for 440 guests offers performances and a rural travel information kiosk. In summer months, studios expand their function outside, creating a natural transition to the outdoor exhibits. There, in a village circle, are five traditional village exhibits and a talking circle, where Native games are demonstrated on the trail that circles the two acre lake. MCH provided full-scope acoustical design and AV planning.
$15M total cost
Architect: RIM Architects