Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Quebec Building, Canadian Rural Architecture

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Oujé-Bougoumou Building Development, Québec, Canada design by Rubin & Rotman Architects

page updated 4 Oct 2016 with new photos

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Québec

Design: Rubin & Rotman Architects

Location: Oujé-Bougoumou, Québec, Canada

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Montreal

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute has the mission of transmitting the traditional Cree culture it draws upon to future generations.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Montreal

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.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Montreal design by Rubin & Rotman Architects

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.

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The Institute includes an exhibition hall designed according to international museum standards, making it both a museum and meeting place.

Oujé-Bougoumou Building Development

Community activities are held on the ground floor, where dance and music shows take place along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders.

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Montreal by Rubin & Rotman Architects

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.

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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.

Oujé-Bougoumou Cultural Institute Montreal

The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community. The project is awaiting LEED certification.

Oujé-Bougoumou Building in Quebec, Canada

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute – Building Information

Client: Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Year of Construction: 2011
Area: N/A
Cost of Construction: $10 million
Team Members: Stephen Rotman, Bruno Morin, Roberto Campos, Pascale Tétrault

Oujé-Bougoumou Building in Montreal

General Contractor: Aecon Group Ltd.

In collaboration with Douglas Cardinal, Architect

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Montreal
photo © Carl Charboyer

© Carl Charboyer: 1
© Mitch Lenet: 2-6 & Montreal Cultural Institute 1-5

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Address: Oujé-Bougoumou, Québec G0W 3C0, Canada
Phone: +1 418-745-2444

Location: Oujé-Bougoumou, Québec, Canada

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Cree Cultural Institute – website offline when checked on the 8th of February 2021 – was https://creeculturalinstitute.ca/