The Cultural Center Jean Marie Tjibaou by architect Renzo Piano was built in Nouméa, New Caledonia in If you want to see a classic example of green architecture before the eco building movement was even born, check out the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center. Then visit the iconic Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, whose idyllic setting The center is named after the Kanak political leader Jean-Marie.

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You can find out more or switch them off if you prefer. The Kanak building traditions and the resources of modern international architecture were blended by Piano. Trees lined these alleys with a shady central gathering.

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Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. The buildings have a highly efficient passive ventilation system which eliminated the need for mechanical air conditioning. Posted by Guest Friday, January 4th, Government of New Caledonia. Sign me up for weekly Inhabitat updates.

Renzo Piano’s Gorgeous Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Inspired by Native Architecture

In general, the exhibits in the Cultural Centre are organized in the three villages. The building is surrounded by landscaping, which is also inspired by traditional Kanak design elements. Villa 1 One part of the cultural package is aimed at permanent and temporary exhibitions and contains an auditorium and an amphitheater. The project addresses the exploitation of currents of air and the difficulties of finding a way of expressing the tradition of the Pacific in modern language.


Kendi October 18, at 8: This is the way the Kanak people can understand”. Although these ancient wooden slats were also, on this occasion, the union has made structural tube horizontal and diagonal bracing rods of stainless steel. The arrangement consists of 10 units called “cases,” or hut pavilions, arranged in three groups or village clusters with one tall hut the largest is 28 metres high in each cluster representing the traditional “Great Hut” of the Kanak Chiefs.

The precursor for this cultural centre was the first cultural festival held in in New Caledonia, which was a focused celebration of Kanak culture.

The Case Bwenaado or pavilion, centre customary assembly place, houses the artifacts created by artists of the region. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Noumea, capital of New Caledonia. There is also a school for children where they are taught the local art forms.

The Kanak building traditions and the resources of modern international architecture were blended by Piano. It forms a unique cultural ensemble at the Cultural Centre of arts built with wood technology using long-lasting iroko wood. Right at the entrance is the permanent exhibition where visitors are given an insight into the Kanak culture. It is located on a spit of land called the Tina Peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides.



This plan was implemented after Jean-Marie Tjibaou was assassinated, to assuage cfnter feelings. Vassal architects in charge with A. Retrieved from ” https: Cultural center of the Kanak people. The roof is made of corrugated aluminium sheets. The angling of the apertures of the external facade was designed to harness the monsoon winds coming in from the sea, the prevailing winds. Cookies We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of kean site.

The first group comprises exhibition spaces, the second series of huts houses research areas, a conference room and a library. Thanks to the double outer facade, air circulates freely between the layers of slatted wood. University of Hawaii Press.