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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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 Case Bwenaado or pavilion, a customary assembly place, houses the artifacts created by artists of the region. The last series of huts contains studios for music, dance, painting, and sculpture. The Cultural Center Jean-Marie Tjibaou was discovered as the most innovative and exciting project in the city, about 10 km from downtown. 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.

The people had been removed from their natural landscape and habitat of mountains and valleys and any plan proposed for the art centre had to reflect this cuotural.

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The complex includes the Department of Visual Arts and Exhibitions which is intended to promote the creation of plastic contemporary Kanak art. Do you live outside the United States? Noumea, France by Renzo Piano Change this.

There was a well-trodden path along the centre of the area of the peninsula. A laminated wood construction blends with engineering architecture and is suitable for everyday use. An important concept that evolved after deliberations in the ‘Building Workshops’, after Piano won the competition culturak building the art centre, also involved “landscaping ideas” to be created around each building.


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

It opened in June and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and named after Jean-Marie Tjibaouthe leader of the independence movement who was assassinated in and had had a vision of establishing a cultural centre which blended the linguistic and artistic heritage of the Kanak people. The wood siding 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.

After it was first designed, this unique solution was tested on scale models in a wind tunnel. This is the way the Kanak people can understand”.

University of Hawaii Press. 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 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.

There are ten huts, of three different sizes, from 20 to 28m in height, all interconnected by a footpath. Following these references were used traditional materials and construction systems, and also won the respect of natural elements such as wind, light and vegetation.

It would have been nice to see the traditional building this was inspired by. Situation Noumea, capital of New Caledonia. The project was based on the indigenous population of that part of the Pacific, its culture and its symbols, which are very old but are still very alive. The landscape layout of the cases is set amidst transplanted Norfolk Island pineswhich are as tall as the cases.

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

Subscribe to get free weekly updates on the latest news on innovation and design. Centre culturel Tjibaouon the narrow Tinu Peninsulaapproximately 8 kilometres 5. The lagoon side of this area is made up of dense mangroves at the water edge.


The form of the building also varied from island to island, generally round in plan and conical in tjiboau vertical elevation.

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Another aspect of the Kanak’s building tradition was that it did not fit in with the concept of a permanent building. They lived in temporary type of buildings made with locally available material which needed to culttural replaced from time to time in the subtropical climate. Thus, the planning culturall at a cenyer building which would be, as the architect Piano stated, “to create a symbol” Jean-Marie Culturao, Kanak witness to the world: One of the most amazing organic and sustainable projects of nowadays, there is a beautiful coherence and symbiosis between the architectural and natural environment.

Built from iroko wood as well as glass, steel, and bamboothey respect traditional construction methods according to the most sophisticated engineering studies. 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.

In general, the exhibits in the Cultural Centre are organized in the three villages. 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.

Cultural Center Jean Marie Tjibaou

This theme was adopted in the Cultural Centre planned by Piano and his associates. Villa 2 In the second group of huts are divided spaces administration, research, library and a conference room. The small houses are 63 square meters, the medium houses 95 square meters and large houses, square meters. Ten pavilions of various sizes ranging in height between 9 and 24 meters high are situated asymmetrically along a main path.

The staves are tiibaou in such a way that the individual pieces appear as if they are woven together.