The spectacular-looking homes and other buildings honor and evoke
Native American architecture and values without sinking into cliché.
Tribal members were overcome with emotion and gratitude at the
results and embraced the values articulated in an early planning
video that spoke of “a gathering of eagles, where boundaries
are broken, where pain is no longer forsaken and all human battles
are won.” This was exactly what the Tribe was searching
for, and John and Brent then set about the task of transforming
it into reality.
Using Rastra, a stucco-like material developed in
Europe, they came up with a building plan that compliments the
environment without overwhelming it. The homes, with steep roofs
and an integration of organic and geometric shapes that invoke
both past and future, rise magically but respectfully from the
oak-studded hills. They fit seamlessly into the rolling landscape
the Tribe's ancestors had lived on for generations.
Tied together by an architecturally exquisite community
center and elementary school, the village seems to flow directly
from the brush-covered hills on the distant horizon. The earth-toned
exteriors use Native American landscape and architecture without
trivializing or exaggerating it. Interior spaces soar with light
and openness that are at once inspirational and unpretentious.
Homes and the community center overlook a central sculpture garden
and meditative walkway across a pond and waterfall – another
homage to spirit and the element of water.