Boys and Girls Club

Flathead Reservation
Polson, MT

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)