Mithun Architects have sent us some images of the Coeur d’Alene Native American Tribe’s casino resort expansion in Worley, Idaho.

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Description from the architects:

Mithun’s award-winning design reflects the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s respect for their ancestral lands and heritage.  The 170,000 square-foot project expands an existing Northern Idaho resort to include a new four-star hotel, restaurants and a spa. The sustainable design features interior and exterior spaces that are specific to the Coeur d’Alene people, the surrounding Palouse prairie and its forested wetlands.  A 101-foot high Eagle Staff tower marks the entry point while responding to the scale of the surrounding landscape. It represents the traditional Eagle Staff carried by Coeur d’Alene Tribal members, known as “The Indian Flag” or the “Tattered Flag.” A new entry approach encourages visitors to interact with the unique landscape of the site through an interpretive walk showcasing native plants. A water feature is a reminder of the significance of nearby rivers, chain lakes and Lake Coeur d’Alene. The expansive landscape includes a meadow punctuated by a large dance circle that accommodates Julyamsh, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s annual powwow.

At the heart of the project is the “skycatcher” a lobby and gathering space that is a link between the old and new, the past and the future, and provides opportunities to share the history of the tribe. The story of the Coeur d’Alene people is also told through unique elements, such as the tribal dancer photographic mural and historic artifacts in a curated display. Mithun worked with tribal artists to create unique pieces that capitalize on the beauty of the indigenous landscape and tribal culture. A LED art installation on both the ceiling and floor represents the complete watershed flowing to Lake Coeur d’Alene, honoring the importance of water in the life of its people. Mithun worked with tribal artists to create unique pieces that capitalize on the beauty of the indigenous landscape and tribal culture. Throughout the resort there is a simple, refined palette of materials including corten steel, reclaimed oak and limestone to connect the building to the landscape.

In addition to providing a welcoming environment for visitors, the resort’s expansion created more than 200 new jobs making the tribe Northern Idaho’s largest employer of over 2,000 people.

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Photography by Benjamin Benschneider and John Granen

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