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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Their heights range from 20 to 28 meters, with a circular floorplan, which are grouped into three villages, each with a distinct role. The Case Bwenaado or pavilion, a customary assembly place, houses the artifacts created by artists of the region. The roof is made of corrugated aluminium sheets. The cultural complex is composed of ten houses, all of different sizes and functions.

Renzo Piano building workshop: You can find out more or switch them off if you prefer. Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Retrieved 8 June The structure and operation of the cabins Caledonia replicated and adapted architectural and socially. History It opened in June and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the leader of the independence movement who was assassinated in and who had a vision of establishing a cultural centre which blended the linguistic and artistic heritage of the Kanak people.

The buildings have a highly efficient passive ventilation system which eliminated the need for mechanical air conditioning.

The space within each hut was achieved by discarding the central pillar, a deviation from the traditional Kanak hut design. 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 by Renzo Piano on the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. 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.

They symbolize the link among ethnic groups of the Pacific in respect of the traditions of their oral beliefs and rituals that govern their life.


There was a well-trodden path along the centre of the area of the peninsula.

Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture. Since the beginning of the design process, Piano studied the use of air currents and launched the search for a way to express the traditions of the Pacific with a modern language. However, where the paths are open to direct light, louvers have been installed. The angling of the apertures of the external facade was designed to harness the monsoon winds coming in from the sea, the prevailing winds. This website uses cookies to improve culltural experience.

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Sign me up for weekly Inhabitat updates. Noumea, France by Renzo Piano Change this. Ten pavilions of various sizes ranging in height between 9 and 24 meters high are situated asymmetrically along a main path.

Villa 3 Finally, other studies contain cabins for traditional activities such as music, dance, painting and sculpture. It sought to make a tribute to a culture based on respect for its history and traditions, past, present and future, as jwan as its sensitivity. Architecture The stuctures form a genuine village, with its own paths, greenery, and public spaces, located outside and in direct contact with the ocean.

During the monsoon season, the winds that blow over the cases are very strong, the compound curve of the cases resists the wind, with the nacos facilitating this action further by allowing air to pass directly through the cases.

Also housed at the center is an auditorium, an amphitheater, the administrative departments, research areas, a conference room and a library. Tijbaou Kanak building traditions and the resources of modern international architecture were blended by Piano. About Contact us Newsletter. This is followed by areas for temporary exhibitions and a theatre, a sunken auditorium where people cejter be seated. In the second group of huts are divided spaces administration, research, library and a conference room.

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Do you live outside the United States? Situation Noumea, capital of New Caledonia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Vernacular buildings are born of intense communion with nature. Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Kanak witness to the world: Paths to the Great House are planted with Araucaria columnaris or column pine and coconut trees.


culturaal All the huts are of different sizes and different functions, but with the consistent form of vertically positioned shell-like structures which resemble the traditional huts of a Caledonian Village.

Cultural center of the Kanak people.

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That means putting the technology and methods European traditions aside and serving the expectations of the Kanaks. Chaaya architect in charge with F. It is located on a spit of land called the Tina Peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides. Thanks to the double outer facade, air circulates freely between the layers of slatted wood.

The structure and above all, the functionality of New Caledonian huts were reproduced and adapted, architecturally as well as socially.

Although these ancient wooden slats were also, on this occasion, the union has made structural tube horizontal and diagonal bracing rods of stainless steel. This is a town that has its own ways, vegetation and public spaces, and is located in direct contact with the ocean.

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

These buildings have a curved shape that references traditional Kanak constructions but here rather than the traditional woven vegetable fiber, these buildings are made of wooden ribs and slats: The staves are designed in such a way that the individual pieces appear as if they are woven together.

I agree to receive emails from the site. Tjibsou village at the end of the path, which is located slightly away from the visitors’ area and which has studios, is devoted to creative activities such as dance, painting, sculpture, and music.

The exterior part of the huts is given an ancient appearance whereas the interior of each hut has rectangular space for housing permanent and temporary exhibitions, administration offices and studio spaceswhere all amenities feature modern technology.

There is also a school for children where they are taught the local art forms.