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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou, Canada by RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

 
July 6th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  v2com 

The 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.

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

  • Architects: RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
  • Location: Oujé-Bougoumou, Canada
  • Photography: Mitch Lenet
  • Client: Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
  • Year of Construction: 2011
  • Cost of Construction: $10 million
  • Team Members: Stephen Rotman, Bruno Morin, Roberto Campos, Pascale Tétrault
  • General Contractor: Aecon Group Ltd.
  • In collaboration with: Douglas Cardinal, Architect

Photo1-Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

The 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.

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

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. The project is awaiting LEED certification.

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy ©  Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © Mitch Lenet

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © RUBIN & ROTMAN ARCHITECTS

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