CEN Community Science Centre

  • LOCATION

    Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, Quebec

  • TYPE

    Inuit and First Nations
    Institutional

  • CLIENT

    Centre for Northern Studies of Laval University

  • BUDGET

    $2.9 M

  • YEAR

    2011

 

The twin villages of Whapmagoostui–Kuujjuarapik, strategically located at the junction of Cree and Inuit territory, of taiga and tundra, has been Laval University’s Centre for Northern Studies research hub since the 1960s, hosting scientists and students from around the world. The Community Science Centre is an addition to the CEN’s campus. The state–of–the–art building was designed to facilitate research and to provide a space for knowledge exchange and community outreach.

The ground floor features a permanent exhibition on the territory’s cultural and scientific history as well as flexible teaching and conference spaces adaptable to the use of both scientists and school groups. The second floor offers private quarters for visiting scientists and dormitories for students.

The design narrative of the building brings together, the Inuit, the Cree and the visiting scientists (nicknamed tent people). This is done by mixing a “prospector tent” derived volume with teepee poles to modulate the façade along with an inukshuk and an open teepee structure extending into the landscape. Designed based on sustainability principles, the building received the Cecobois Sustainable Development Award, recognizing its innovative characteristics.

AWARD

2012

CECOBOIS Award of Excellence in Sustainable Development

“Maintaining cultural diversity remains an important component of sustainable development. Too often, this aspect is neglected.”

Alain Fournier, quoted by Marie-Ève Sirois (in translation), Voir Vert, Le portail du bâtiment durable au Québec
 

CONTACTAlain FournierPartner in chargeT514 393-9490fournier@fgmda.com



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Montreal 1435 St-Alexandre Street, Suite 1000 Montreal, Quebec H3A 2G4 T. 514 393-9490 F. 514 393-9498
Ottawa 44 Byward Market Square, Suite 210 Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A2 T. 613 518-2165
Toronto 75 Sherbourne St, Suite 503 Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2P9 T. 647 723-2030
PANAQ Design Iqaluit 3 Bill Mackenzie Lane, House 3602 P.O. Box 2170 Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0 T. 867 979-2055 F. 867 979-2414
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