Casino Rama Resort

Rama, Ontario
Client:
Mnjikaning First Nation
Size:
73,000 m2 | 786,000 ft2
Completion:
2002
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

Awards:

Wood WORKS Design Award, Commercial Category, 2002

Located on land owned by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, this expansion of an existing casino into a mixed-use casino, hotel, and entertainment complex is one of the first to be owned by First Nations in Ontario.

WZMH’s design is inspired by stories of the Seven Grandfathers told by band elders, celebrating the rich culture, history, and traditions of the Mnjikaning people. Informed by the spirit of the lake country, the hotel, with its sloped roofs, stone base, and timber structure, nestles into its natural setting. The main entrance is a conical timber structure recalling the fish weirs used by First Nations’ fishermen and features illuminated glass panels designed by a local artist. The heavy timber construction, chandeliers, and monumental fireplace suggest the grand entry halls of traditional country lodges. In addition to the expansion of the existing casino, this project includes a 5,000-seat entertainment centre, a 286-room hotel and spa, a conference centre, and restaurants.