Boys and Girls Club
with 100 Fold Studio
Polson, MT is located on the Flathead Reservation, home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles tribes. This project provides a space for the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Valley to move out of the church basement they currently occupy into a 20,000+sf building adjacent to the rural town’s middle and high schools.
The new building includes youth and teen centers, a cafeteria, classroom space, art and music rooms, and a full-sized gymnasium with views to the surrounding mountain ranges and the nearby Flathead Lake.
Early in the programming phase the client shared the conceptual importance of the space’s front desk—as a way-finding piece, a place of first interaction between staff and children, and as a “boulder in the stream” to separate youth and teens, which occupy separate spaces in the building.
The resulting design utilizes local lumber and exposed-aggregate poured concrete to create a powerful but inexpensive interpretation of this “boulder in the stream” within a bright gabled entry. (click for GIF)