The atrium is the most dramatic and gets the most attention when people enter the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv). Not only because it is the most open area, but because it has the most energy in my opinion. It is where connections spark and people come together. It is the center of our community at FNUniv.
The floor design in the atrium of FNUniv is a beautiful piece of First Nations traditions and culture. More commonly seen on star blankets, this floor is breathtaking from almost every angle. I love this especially because it is a reminder that no matter where you are or how you see things the culture is there, even on the floors.
This is the atrium facing the back of the university, which again displays so much culture and uniqueness. This is something you cannot find at any other university, a glass tipi. The large glass tipi is of course the Veteran's Memorial Tipi. The smaller glass tipi inside the atrium is where many ceremonies are held.
This photo is taken looking down from the second floor into the atrium. What i like most about this is the light shining in and the shadows the windows make on the floor. Also that at one point during the day the sun shines through all the windows and the whole floor is covered in shadows. It is a true feat of architectural genius.
This is different angle of the atrium, looking up and towards the windows. I have never seen a ceiling with so many features embedded within it. With twists, turns and colour, there is always something you haven't yet noticed,it just takes a new or different perspective.
This is the outside of the atrium. It is the first thing to catch your eye when looking at FNUniv from the outside. With so many windows and the reflection of the sky it takes your breath away. I love this because there is always a new reflection, its kind of like a piece of art that changes every day, every season, like all of us.
This picture was taken outside looking towards the right o the building. I enjoy walking outside of the building to appreciate what a work of art it is. How it has so many curves and lines. It's simplicity and complexity are mesmerizing.
When i walk around the halls of the second floor, they are mostly filled with natural lighting. This helps me feel not so closed in from the outside. So when i feel like i am missing a beautiful day I come here and then I don't feel that way any more.
The railings in the school are curved in such a unique way and if you look at the in diffferent angles they almost look like sculptures. This is one of my favourite features because it reminds you that any where you are in the building there are curves and little touches of beauty.
This is a picture of one of the roofs of one of the lower levels. It is super cool because now you get to see how the roof lines look from above and the top of what you are constantly walking around and underneath inside the building itself.
The student lounge is probably one of the places I visit the most. It is comfy and very spacious. I took this picture because this couch is rounded, and makes for a great place to relax with friends. It provides a space for people to sit around and have conversations. Again like many other things it is curved and rounded which i am obessed with.
This is the view from the fourth floor Presidential board room has hands down the best view in the city. From here you can see downtown Regina, Wascana Lake, and lots of big open sky.
Here are twelve pictures I took of my favorite sights and places of the First Nations University of Canada. Each one of these photos is a place I visit almost every time I am inside or outside the building. This institution is my second home, it’s where I spend half of my time and I have to say it’s a beautiful second home. It is a building full of art, creation, love, connection, and success. This building has seen many faces and will see many more in the future. I hope these photos communicate even a small piece of why I love being apart of it.