Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute by Rubin & Rotman Architects




Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Carl Charboyer

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute has the mission of transmitting the traditional Cree culture it draws upon to future generations.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

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.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

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.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

The Aanischaaukamikw Institute rounds out the layout of this space, where the Band Council office is also located.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

The Institute includes an exhibition hall designed according to international museum standards, making it both a museum and meeting place.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

Community activities are held on the ground floor, where dance and music shows take place along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

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.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community. The project is awaiting LEED certification. Source: v2com

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet

Location: Oujé-Bougoumou, Montreal, Canada
Architect: Rubin & Rotman Architects
Collaboration: Douglas Cardinal Architect
Project Team: Stephen Rotman, Bruno Morin, Roberto Campos, Pascale Tétrault
General Contractor: Aecon Group Ltd.
Cost of Construction: $10 million
Year: 2011
Client: Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photography: Carl Charboyer  for Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Mitch Lenet, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Mitch Lenet
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Photo © Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

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