November 17, 1993 marked the official opening of the Legislative Assembly building, the first permanent home for the government of the Northwest Territories. Located?in?a natural setting on the shores of Frame Lake, the Legislative Assembly building is just a short walk from downtown Yellowknife.
Members of the Legislative Assembly, who are elected by NWT residents from 19 electoral districts or constituencies, carry out the territorial government’s business on behalf of its northern citizens?at the Legislative Assembly building.
Construction and Design
Territorial architects Ferguson Simek Clark and Pin Matthews, in association with Matsuzaki Wright Architects Inc. of Vancouver, designed the 46,000-square-foot building. During construction, begun in 1990, emphasis was placed on maintaining the natural landscape surrounding the building, including?the trees, rock outcrops, and the lakeshore.
The Capital Site area encompasses a variety of northern ecosystems, including a large, expansive peat bog abundant with native wildflowers, grasses, birds and waterfowl situated in the foregro