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Blouin Orzes’ Nunavik Cultural Centre opens doors in Kuujjuaraapik – Canadian Architect

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 201884 Views

Despite living in extremely remote communities, Nunavik’s Inuit do not hesitate travelling long distances by plane to visit each other or to attend an important cultural event. Since fall 2017, the 10,000 people living in one of Nunavik’s 14 communities can now gather in a new Cultural Centre located in the Northern Village of Kuujjuaraapik, north of the 55th parallel. Designed by Blouin Orzes architectes, the building was originally planned as a showcase for the popular Inuit Games, and the facility now lends itself to all sorts of events, from storytelling, singing and dancing to concerts, films, banquets and other types of gatherings.

The 680-square-metre building is located near the mouth of the Great Whale River on a sand dune of exceptional beauty, a unique feature of Kuujjuaraapik. The slightly lopsided one-and-a-half-storey exterior volume seems to have been shaped by the strong winter winds. A light aerial structure signals the entrance portico, facing south, echoing the porch of the nearby church, the village’s oldest structure.

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