Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan

Location
Rapid City, South Dakota
Year
2022
Sizes
Total Development:
10 AC
Outreach Center:
7,400 SF
Tiny Homes:
110 SF each

Client
NDN Collective

Project Team
Joshua Hemberger
Tim Hickman
Leah Rudolphi

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture
Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan

Camp Gliún is envisioned to be a planned Indigenous community and a place of healing for houseless Indigenous people on sovereign land near Rapid City, SD. In the Lakota language, Gliún means “to return for good.” With roughly 50 percent of the Indigenous population in Rapid City living at or below the poverty line in their ancestral homelands, many Indigenous people don’t have a place in which to return for good. Houselessness is a significant challenge for Indigenous people in the area.

Developed by a Substance Architecture-led design team, the community-informed vision plan outlines Gliún’s approach to regenerative design focused on restoration of the land, building performance, and a holistic approach to serving individuals suffering from trauma. Gliún will provide more than transitional housing, fostering a true sense of belonging and safety for individuals choosing to live there.

Central to the development is an outreach center that provides wraparound support services, a kitchen, community hall, public shower and restroom facilities, laundry, and apartments for individuals requiring special care. Surrounding the Outreach Center are outdoor community spaces. Residents will have access to a community fire pit and outdoor amphitheater, a sweat lodge for traditional ceremonies, gardens, a playground, and community tool sheds. A tiny home community is located along a loop trail which connects the entire development. These homes are arranged in three clusters; allowing single women, single men, and families to have separation and privacy from one another. Each tiny home cluster will have a smaller centralized community space with outdoor tables and seating for social activities. These homes are all designed to Living Building standards and are intended to be net-zero energy structures.

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Tiny house and loop trail (graphic by SWT Design)

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Community garden (graphic by SWT Design)

Community Connection and Engagement

A critical aspect of this project was the community engagement process, co-led by Substance Architecture and Hoxie Collective. The NDN Core Team, comprised of NDN leadership and key members of their Racial Equity Campaign, was an integral part of guiding the design exploration and vision planning process.

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Outreach center floor plan

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Site plan

“In your life there may be second chances, but this is a stepping stone right now to better things, a better life . . . when you’re out here, you’re at peace, clear air.”

Gliún Winter Camp Resident

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Outreach center apartment units

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Community spaces diagram

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Site systems diagram

“Having community input, having conversations, and listening to the needs of the people is first and foremost. We want this to be sustainable and we want to serve our community in the best way possible. We are being intentional and inclusive in the solutions that we bring forth because our relatives deserve not only to have their basic needs met but to have their voices heard. It’s time.”

Red Bear, NDN Collective Racial Equity Campaign Director

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Regenerative site strategies (graphic by SWT Design)

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Building systems diagram

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Trail map

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Amenities diagram (graphic by SWT Design)

Gliún Tiny House Community and Outreach Center Vision Plan – Substance Architecture

Trail typologies (graphic by SWT Design)

Consultants

Project Planner
Hoxie Collective
Landscape Architect
SWT Design
Civil Engineer
KLJ Engineering
Energy Systems Planning
Archineers Consulting
Water and Ecological Systems Planning
BioHabitats
Regenerative Systems Planning
McLennan Design

Awards

2024 Award of Excellence - Planning & Analysis - SWT Design, Hoxie Collective, and Substance Architecture
ASLA - Central States Region