Potawot Health Village
This new replacement health clinic serves multiple tribes of the north coast region of California. Built around a central healing garden, the various medical departments were designed to look like individual long houses, meant to mimic a thousand-year-old Yurok style village. To connect the departments, an enclosed circulation corridor was artfully integrated.
Tilt-up concrete walls reflect the architecture of local Native American plank houses. Form liners and stain on the tilt-up create the look of wood on the low-maintenance concrete exterior.
The structural system for the heath center responds to the site-specific requirements of an area with a high potential for soil liquefaction in seismic zone 4.