The University of Minnesota Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team has found a new home on the top floor of a recently remodeled building in Duluth. The new office provides the Medical Discovery Team the space they need to conduct research on health disparities within rural and Native American populations.
DSGW worked closely with the Memory Keepers staff to incorporate a cultural centric design. For example, the space is configured to face true north in honor of Native American tradition and the library is a quiet place where blessings can take place and sage can be burned. An open space concept with a kitchen and raised comfortable seating, embrace the views of Lake Superior. Other features include a medicine wheel table and a reclaimed wood wall with the Memory Keepers mission etched in it.
The new culturally centered office space uses intuitive design to weave together the symbolism, history and traditions relevant to Native Americans.