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Aanischaaukamikw
Cree Cultural Institute
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DESIGNER
 
 
Douglas Cardinal | Rubin & Rotman
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Rubin & Rotman Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Quebec CanadaThe Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute has the mission of transmitting the traditional Cree culture it draws upon to future generations. The building’s concept turns to the classic architecture of the Cree people’s traditional longhouse, the shaptuan, and to the particular context of the village of Oujé-Bougoumou. In this village, built in 1992 and unique in many respects, the main buildings were set within a broad circle in the centre of the village. The Aanischaaukamikw Institute rounds out the layout of this space, where the Band Council office is also located.

Rubin & Rotman Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Quebec CanadaThe Institute includes an exhibition hall designed according to international museum standards, making it both a museum and meeting place. Community activities are held on the ground floor, where dance and music shows take place along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism.

Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community.
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MATERIALS
 
wood
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY
 
Certifications
The project is awaiting LEED certification.
Rubin & Rotman Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Quebec Canada
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
Canada
Province
Québec
Region
Nord-du-Québec
Town
Oujé-Bougoumou
Address
205 Opemiska Meskino
 
 
Telephone
+1.(418).745.2444
Fax
+1.(418).745.2324
Website
E-mail
info@creeculture.ca
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Permanent exhibitions and installations
Cultural centres and community centres
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Ethnographic museums
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
2009 - 2011
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CLIENT
 
 
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 15,800,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
exhibition space sq.m. 279 (sq.ft. 3,003)
storage, lab, administrative, and technical space sq.m. 1,385 (sq.ft. 14,908)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Mitch Lenet, Carl Charboyer, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Text edited by Rubin & Rotman Architects
Courtesy of Rubin & Rotman Architects

Rubin & Rotman Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Quebec Canada



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