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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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Cultural Center Jean Marie Tjibaou

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. The complex includes the Department of Visual Arts and Exhibitions which is intended to promote the creation of plastic contemporary Kanak cultrual.

Reminiscent of cenher huts and crafts Kanak, the slender ribs of the lath structure and among them are seamlessly integrated in the lush landscape and the culture of its inhabitants. They lived in temporary type of buildings made with locally available material which needed to be replaced from time to time in the subtropical climate.

Government of New Caledonia. The concept and design of the Cultural Center Jean-Marie Tjibaou in Noumea in New Caledonia, was generated by the need to maximize ventilation in a humid climate. The iroko Clorophora excelsa timber used extensively was imported from Africa native to tropical Africa, from Sierra Leone to Tanzania ; it was decided to use iroko because it was durable, and mostly resistant to attack by insects, fungi and mould.

Spaces This is a town that has its own ways, vegetation and public spaces, and is located in direct contact with the ocean. It should not be an absolute travesty of this culture or imitation, or an approach from a colonial perspective.

Villa 2 In the second group of huts are divided spaces administration, research, library and a conference room. Since the beginning of the design process, Piano studied the use of air currents and launched the search for a way to jwan the traditions of the Tjibou with culturap modern language. The 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.

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Neither could it be a completely alien concept. In this work, the architect Renzo Piano joined Pacific and modern cultures. For example, a home in a tropical area where there is much flooding would be be on stilts with open sides to allow a breeze to flow through.


It would have been nice to see the traditional building this was inspired by. Some contain studios for traditional activities, such as music, dance, painting and sculpture. Noumea, France by Renzo Piano Change this.

Also, native people have traditionally built their homes with the local conditions and materials in mind.

The wood tjibaoy and stainless steel, based on the shape of huts regional kanakas provide protection from the weather when it is needed, but also allows the passage as necessary to ventilate as wind strength and direction. Archived from the original pdf on 16 August Renzo Piano describes the structures that are curved like huts, built with wooden beams and nerves are looking containers archaic archaic, whose interiors are equipped with all the possibilities offered by modern technology.

The Kanak building traditions and the resources of modern international architecture were blended by Piano.

Choose your location preference: Exhibitions are rotated throughout the year, and temporary exhibitions are also part of the complex. That means putting the technology and methods European traditions aside and serving the expectations of the Kanaks. Views Read Edit View history. All the huts are of different sizes and different functions, but with the culturall form of vertically positioned shell-like structures which resemble the traditional huts of a Caledonian Village.

Retrieved 9 June They symbolize the link among ethnic groups of the Pacific in respect of the traditions jdan their oral beliefs and rituals that govern their life.

Paths to the Great House are planted with Araucaria columnaris or column pine and coconut trees. In the first village, the emphasis is on exhibition activities. Using traditional materials coupled with modern materials and technology, Piano also utilizes clever green building strategies to keep the pavilions culltural and integrate the center with nature.

Ten pavilions of various sizes ranging in height between 9 and 24 meters high are situated asymmetrically along a main path. This is a town that has its own ways, vegetation and public spaces, and is located in direct contact with the ocean.

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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 building is surrounded by landscaping, which is also inspired by traditional Kanak design elements. It sought to make a tribute to a culture based on respect tjibaaou its history and traditions, past, present and future, as well as its sensitivity. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing. Culttural have been given a deliberate “unfinished” appearance as a reminder that Kanak culture is mari in the process of evolution — a belief held by the deceased Canaque leader, who was the inspiration for the site.


The overall effect is that it “looks like a unified homogenous whole”. Cookies We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site.

Sign me up for weekly Inhabitat updates. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. The bottom of cu,tural wall, formed by the arc of the staves, has special louverscalled nacos. Chaaya architect in charge with F. 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.

Another aspect of the layout is about the design of tjibaoy paths connecting the cases and providing approach to them. The curved outer face of the huts is in direct contact with the windward side of the stormy Pacific Sea whereas the leeward side is oriented towards the serene lagoon.

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The cabins are built with wooden materials in combination with iroko sober and discreet as steel, glass or cork, which provide simplicity to their interiors. The site is located on the narrow Tina Peninsula, which projects into the Pacific Ocean along a ridge line, near the Tina Golf Course on the western coast of Boulari Bayapproximately 8 kilometres 5.

Login Remember Me By logging into your account, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policyand to the use of cookies as described therein. The project builds on the topography of land, vegetation and the breeze from the lagoon to create rising air currents, which are then removed by extraction towers, with the distinction of being the highest building on the top of the hill.

Concept It sought to make a tribute to a culture based on respect for its history and traditions, past, present and future, as well as its sensitivity.

The cultural complex is composed of ten houses, all of different sizes and functions.