cree cultural institute in quebec by rubin & rotman architects
 
cree cultural institute in quebec by rubin & rotman architects
jul 03, 2014

cree cultural institute in quebec by rubin & rotman architects

cree cultural institute in quebec by rubin & rotman architects
photo by mitch lenet

 

 

 

in the northern canadian village of oujé-bougoumou, rubin & rotman architects has designed a cultural center that pays homage to the region’s vernacular architecture – the traditional longhouse. in addition to its role as a community hub, the ‘aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute‘ also comprises an exhibition hall built according to international standards, ensuring that the building functions as both a museum and meeting place for a diverse range of visitors.

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
the project is located in the northern canadian village of oujé-bougoumou
photo by mitch lenet

 

 

 

community activities are staged at ground floor level, with dance and music shows taking place alongside more intimate events. the lower storey contains the offices of associations involved in preserving the native cree language, local hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. throughout the project, wood is used extensively – referencing the importance of the forest to the local population – while symbolic elements that reference the traditional habitat have been transposed across the design.

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
the scheme comprises an exhibition hall built according to international standards
photo by mitch lenet

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
the cultural center pays homage to the region’s vernacular architecture
photo by aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
the entrance to the cultural institute
photo by mitch lenet

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
wood is used extensively – referencing the importance of the forest to the local population
photo by aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
symbolic elements that reference the traditional habitat have been transposed across the design
photo by mitch lenet

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
vaulted timber ceilings
photo by mitch lenet

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
the complex brightly illuminated at night
photo by mitch lenet

rubin & rotman architects aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute canada designboom
an aerial view of the development
photo by carl charboyer for aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute

 

 

project info:

 

location: oujé-bougoumou, quebec, canada
client: aanischaaukamikw cree cultural institute
cost: $10 million
team members: stephen rotman, bruno morin, roberto campos, pascale tétrault
general contractor: aecon group ltd.
collaborators: douglas cardinal, architect

  • Douglas Cardinal was not just a “collaborator” for this project. He led the vision session, designed the community of Oujé-Bougoumou and won a Unesco Award, and consequently received the commission to design the Cultural Centre. Also I’m pretty sure Mr.Campos was working for Cardinal while this was being designed. This was a partnership between Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc. and Ruban & Rotman Architects, where Douglas was the lead/design architect. Give credit where credit is due.

    Iannim
  • cap-sized the arc?

    nice proportions though.

    AL
  • BRAVO! Outstanding tour de force……..a fantastic interpretation/articulation of cultural roots.
    I take my hat off to you – clearly, as a sensitive and interpretive group of architects you understand how to listen

    Michael Moore

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