Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute – Quebec

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural InstituteScreen shot 2014-09-30 at 4.14.25 PM

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor is an open wooden shell that boasts exposed curved beams and an entrance that evokes a traditional shelter. Local wood is used throughout to symbolize a deep connection to the surrounding forest, and ample day lighting cuts down on energy consumption.

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