Gallery: Renzo Piano’s Gorgeous Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Insp...

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. Built to honor the assassinated Kanak leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou, as well as the culture of the Kanak peoples, the cultural center is modeled after a traditional Kanak village, and the pavilions were inspired by Kanak huts. Using traditional materials coupled with modern materials and technology, Piano also utilizes clever green building strategies to keep the pavilions cool and integrate the center with nature.

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  1. Kendi October 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

    the building is very inspiring the concept is simple but deep and the marvelous veiw its worth dying for really looking foward to visiting the really suits the place

  2. LA County Museum of Art... September 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    […] endeavor includes the neighboring five-story Broad Contemporary Museum, also designed by Renzo Piano, and both buildings were designed to a similar aesthetic, featuring a clean, white travertine […]

  3. rixturey July 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    It would have been nice to see the traditional building this was inspired by. Also, native people have traditionally built their homes with the local conditions and materials in mind. 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.

  4. citicritter July 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    “before the eco building movement was even born”?
    That’s a bit of an over-statement, since the eco building movement was born in the 70s (or even 60s) — this building is from much later…More accurate would be “before the eco building movement really took off” or the like.

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